Augusta Mayoral candidate demands GRU name change

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Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta Commissioner and Mayoral candidate Alvin Mason is sending a strong message to Georgia Regents University Augusta.

The warning comes after a special purpose local option sales tax meeting this morning in Richmond County.

"If in fact that's not up there by March 10, I can't support giving GRU any money. We are driving this train and I'm tired of having others drive the train for us," Commissioner Alvin Mason said.

Commissioner Mason wasn't alone in his demands. Commissioners Bill Fennoy and Bill Lockett want their district to receive money from the optional one percent county sales tax.

"I think the residents of district five want me to be selfish for them and not for Commissioner Lockett," Commissioner Bill Lockett said.

"In order for me to move forward with SPLOST Seven I need some type of assurances," Commissioner Bill Fennoy said.

Commissioner Grady Smith wants everyone to come together.

"It's not about Richmond County District one or Super 10. When someone asks where you're from you say Augusta," Smith said.

Commissioners met today to come up with a range for the amount of money they would need for certain projects.

The municipal building, Miller Theater and GRU Augusta stand to receive millions if voters agree. Mayor Deke Copenhaver wants the extra money for the city.

"In the last SPLOST, we had money in there to help bring that forward. We as a city invested $10 million and got a $100 million facility," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

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