News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) --This is the first Veterans Day that the city of Augusta has given workers the day off with holiday pay.
Some say only veterans should be given the holiday off not all city employees.
You can add veterans day to a list of 10 other paid holidays for Richmond County Employees.
"I'm glad I was able to get support of my colleagues," said Commissioner Bill Lockett.
"I don't believe just because Lockett wants to take the day off it's fair to the taxpayers," said Property Owner Debbie Vick.
"I appreciate Commissioners Lockett leadership on this so our employees can celebrate Veterans Day," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
"I think he is totally wrong as well," Vick said.
She is a taxpayer in Richmond County. Vick can't believe all city employees are given the day off when they're not veterans. She says her husband is a veteran but he had to work.
"This is just one more bill the taxpayers will have to fork over and pay," said Vick.
"I'll tell you we are a military community and have a strong relationship with Fort Gordon," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
It's estimated that giving city employees the day off could cost more than $160,000. The city is also facing an $8 million hole in next years budget.
"The sacrifices that we veterans have made and are making now. You can not quantify that or put a dollar amount on it," said Commissioner Lockett.