Some say MACH Academy vote split among racial lines

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, March 20, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Some commissioners are crying foul after a recent vote.

The nonprofit MACH Academy is asking the commission for $50,000 to stay afloat. Its request was denied with a 5 to 4 vote.

Some are saying it seems that it was split racially.

"It was done that way and it's disappointing. As a body, we have to look at all," said Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson.

"I don't know that much about MACH Academy. I've asked some questions," said Commissioner Grady Smith.

For more than 20 years, MACH Academy has been teaching kids educational and social skills along with tennis.

Their grants this year are $50,000 shorter, so they asked commissioners for help.

"We're out there looking and beating the bushes, trying to find funding to keep the organization going. We know we're doing some great things," said Executive Director Betty Jones.

"We don't know when to say no. It sounds like other areas on the state and federal level don't know when to say no," said Commissioner Smith.

Commissioners Johnson, Alvin Mason, Bill Lockett, Marion Williams, and Bill Fenoy voted yes. Commissioners Smith, Donnie Smith, Mary Davis and Wayne Guilfoyle voted no.

"It's disappointing that some commissioners didn't see the need in supporting MACH Academy," Mason said.

"We are determined that we will keep our program going at all costs," Jones said.

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