Augusta Watchdog Group members are all smiles after the SPLOST vote

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News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Wednesday, May, 21, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta Watchdog member Lori Davis is picking up Vote No to SPLOST signs up all over the city. Davis credits the signs and her 1,000 member Facebook group to stopping the nearly $200 million dollar plan.

"This is a huge victory for the regular person in Augusta-Richmond County. We did it with $500 dollars and 250 signs," said Lori Davis.

She says her group for three months shared information on social media and then bought campaign materials.

"If that is the will of the community, we will look for an opportunity to put a package together of projects that are supported by the community," said Mayor-Elect Hardie Davis.

"We sent a message that we want transparency. We didn't have public meetings to go and see what was in the package. It was put together by Mayor Copenhaver in a month," said Davis.

Their group isn't the only one excited about election night, Commissioner Grady Smith is happy he was reelected.

"Give me a call and let me know. If it's something I can look at I might correct it. With 60 percent of the vote, I think I'll stick in the direction I'm on," said Commissioner Grady Smith.

Smith was one of seven commissioners for the nearly $200 million sales tax plan. He said this next time they should cut out millions for Arts, $6 million for Paine College and think twice about buying King and Sibley Mills.

"I think they're things we need to work with. I think we need to set priorities. It's what do we need first second third fourth," said Grady Smith.

Davis said even though the signs are disappearing they can reappear at anytime.

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