SPLOST VII debate takes over Augusta Commission meeting

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News12 at 11 o'clock/ Tuesday, May 6, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta Commissioners talked for hours about the city's nearly $200 million sales tax package.

"If you like it, vote for it and if you don't like it, don't vote for it," Commissioner Joe Jackson said.

Augusta Commissioners did vote on some issues but the hot topic of the day is SPLOST VII .

"I asked today who put the list together nobody knows some say the mayor put the list together. The mayor doesn't make that decision and that's not his job," said Commissioner Marion Williams.

"The Commission voted for this SPLOST package to be on the May 20 ballot. I support putting it on the ballot," Commissioner Mary Davis said.

Commissioners Bill Lockett, Alvin Mason and Marion Williams don't support it and are telling voters not to either.

Sibley and King Mills are still being questioned because the buildings will cost the city $5 million and GRU-Augusta hasn't agreed to move in.

"I think we are all unclear of the explanation that was given in terms of what the money was used for. We still don't know what they will be used for," Commissioner Alvin Mason said.

"They haven't committed yet but he says the money can still be used somewhere else. We are not just going to throw it in the trash," Commissioner Joe Jackson said.

Board of Elections Director Lynn Bailey told city leaders taking SPLOST VII off the ballot would be challenging since the voting machines are set.

"I think it's to little to late to take it off the ballot. I'm hoping it gets turn down because it wasn't done right," Williams said.

Commissioners could not agree on the $50 million list of projects for the Engineering Department and delayed the vote another week.

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