Susan McCord

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Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Commissioners seek attorney general's opinion on SPLOST

Two Augusta commissioners are seeking an opinion from Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens on the city's disbursement of sales tax proceeds to non-profits.
By Susan McCord

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

Millage rates don't tell entire tax story

Newcomers who consider Augusta-Richmond County property tax rates in relocation decisions should rest assured county tax rates remain among the area's lowest, despite a Monday commission vote to ...
By Susan McCord

Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Smith retired by state, investigation ongoing

Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith, under investigation while on paid leave with Georgia State Patrol since June, has been retired by the state employees' retirement system, but the investigation ...
By Susan McCord

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Transit committee has first meeting

Enthusiastic members of the first Augusta Public Transit Citizens' Advisory Committee expressed hopes for the beleaguered service and elected officers at a first full meeting Thursday.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

Changes to Municipal building renovations still not finalized

City officials got closer to finalizing plans to change recently completed renovations at Augusta Municipal Building during a tense Wednesday meeting.
By Susan McCord

Project hits snag over restroom

The Augusta Regional Collaborative Project hit a roadblock this week when a city inspector declared the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce building unfit for occupancy until a first-floor restroom ...
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Commissioners stick with longtime adviser

The Augusta Commission ended just under three months of gridlock over a plan to issue some $160 million of refunding water and sewer bonds.
By Susan McCord

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

Mayor breaks tie to raise property taxes

Mayor Deke Co­pen­haver broke a 5-5 tie by the Augusta Commission on Monday to approve Augusta's first property tax increase in seven years.
By Susan McCord

Friday, Aug 15, 2014

Staffing numbers don't bear out charges of bloat in city government

According to the city’s data, current staffing is below levels from 16 years ago, immediately after consolidation of the city and county, though spending has increased overall 11 percent faster ...
By Susan McCord

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

Mills campus proposal dropped

The Augusta Regional Collabo­ra­tion Project is officially backing down from a proposal to incorporate two shuttered textile mills into the campus of Georgia Re­gents University.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

Goats going at detention pond

Nine goats got to work Wednesday eating overgrown vegetation at an Augusta detention pond in a government pilot project intended to cut costs and help reduce mosquito breeding areas.
By Susan McCord

Monday, Aug 11, 2014

County residents decry new tax increase at public hearings

A few hundred Augusta residents held back little in voicing their displeasure with a 1.75-mill property tax increase.
By Susan McCord

City pays $290,000 in settlement

The Augusta Commission agreed to settle a claim that Augusta Utilities caused a delay in the ongoing widening of Bobby Jones Expressway.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

Augusta tax increase hearing start today

Two of three required public hearings on Augusta's $7.9 million property tax increase are scheduled for today.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014

Goats going to work Thursday

Augusta's pilot project using goats to maintain the city's hundreds of detention ponds gets under way Thursday with the deployment of a small herd to a Hephzibah-area pond.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014

Commission stalls bond refinance vote

A high-stakes contest between a minority-owned Atlanta bond underwriting firm and Augusta financial advisers shifted into high gear when a vote to refinance stalled.
By Susan McCord

'Get On Up' tickets cause stir on Augusta Commission

Tickets to the premiere of "Get On Up" caused a dust-up on the Augusta Commission after one official said he was denied the perk after refusing to support the mayor's choice for a new administrator.
By Susan McCord

Russell's name surfaces in Cincinnati search

Former City Administrator Fred Russell hasn't been sitting still since the Augusta Commission voted to fire him in December.
By Susan McCord

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

Outsourced HR services coming back to city

Four years after city leaders pushed to outsource the government's health and welfare benefits administration to global outsourcing, the service may be headed back.
By Susan McCord

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Commissioner seeks to remove or lower Calhoun Expressway

Augusta Commission member Bill Lockett is reviving a push to explore removing or lowering all or part of John C. Calhoun Expressway.
By Susan McCord
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Group demands hearing on commissioner appointment

City leaders appeared to warm to a request Monday by the West Augusta Alliance to hold one or more public hearings before appointing an interim District 7 commissioner to serve until Donnie ...
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