Thursday, December 12, 2013
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- North Augusta is being sued over Project Jackson.
The lawsuit was filed Monday by Steve Donohue. He along with The Riverclub Homeowners Association are listed as the plaintiffs. The city of North Augusta, city council as well as mayor Lark Jones are all listed as defendants.
The lawsuit claims the "blight" referenced as reasoning for the TIF isn't present. According to state law--in order for an area to qualify as a TIF district it must be determined to be blighted.
The lawsuit claims that the study that was used to classify the area where Project Jackson would be as blighted is from 1991 and that it no longer applies.
The suit also claims the city didn't comply with the South Carolina Freedom of information act after a series of close door meetings by the North Augusta City Council.
Another concern that the plaintiffs raise in the suit is the possibility that home values in the area may depreciate as a result of Project Jackson. They believe that increased traffic and congestion would cause this.
The lawsuit states that all decisions made by City Council should be thrown out. If that's not awarded then they want to be reimbursed if their home values were to depreciate.
The defendants have thirty days to respond to the lawsuit.