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Monday, Aug 10, 2015

Library system expected to discuss deficit at meeting

The Augusta-Richmond County Library System, which has had to reduce hours in recent months to cut costs, operates on a smaller budget now of $3.09 million than it did prior to moving into the new ...
By Susan McCord

Commissioner, company being sued

Morris Insulation and Environmental Inc. is alleging Augusta Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith and his company, Smith Brothers Mechanical, owe the firm $79,907.69 for subcontracting work.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, Aug 9, 2015

Pardon Our Mess: Trees threaten houses

Large, diseased, ivy-covered trees in the backyard of rental properties in the 200 block of Broad Street drop limbs and threaten to fall on neighboring homes.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

Board finds more property to tax

Since implementing in 2011 a new system of assessing property values using aerial images, the Richmond County Board of Assessors reports $2.35 million in discovered property tax and other revenue.
By Susan McCord

Sheriff, others back SPLOST

Voter approval of a Nov. 3 special purpose, local option sales tax referendum is "crucial" to continuing the mission of law enforcement, Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said at a voter ...
By Susan McCord

Monday, Aug 3, 2015

Augusta Commission readies SPLOST 7 push

Battle lines are being drawn as Augusta Commission members start a last push to garner public input and support for the sales tax package going before voters Nov. 3.
By Susan McCord

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015

Augustans favor trails in recreation survey

In a recent survey of recreation needs for Augusta residents, respondents named the downtown riverwalk, Augusta Common and walking, hiking and biking trails - many of which are not city-run - as ...
By Susan McCord

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Turnout light at SPLOST session

Turnout was light but enthusiastic for Augusta's first mall information session about the Nov. 3 sales tax referendum.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chance to weigh in on next SPLOST package

Thursday is the first of two "public information open houses" that will give the public a chance to speak to city department heads, other prospective SPLOST recipients and elected officials about ...
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Commissioners leaning toward not funding groups

Commissioners have stressed needs over wants in the new package after the first SPLOST 7 referendum failed last year, and despite impassioned presentations Tuesday, leaders did not change their minds.
By Susan McCord

Second reading of stormwater fee passes

The Augusta Commission voted 6-4 to approve the second reading of a revised stormwater ordinance creating the fee Tuesday, with Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith and commissioners Mary Davis, Sean Frantom ...
By Susan McCord

Final stormwater fee vote today

Augusta's controversial stormwater utility fee goes for a second and final Augusta Commission vote Tuesday.
By Susan McCord

Friday, July 24, 2015

Jackson's SPLOST proposal excludes outside groups

Nongovernment organizations such as Paine College and Symphony Orchestra Augusta are excluded in City Admin­is­trator Janice Allen Jackson's proposal for the Nov. 3 sales tax referendum.
By Susan McCord

Proposal made to expand Augusta Common

As Augusta sales tax talks got underway Friday, Paul Simon pitched a plan that would expand Augusta Common to the Savannah River and put a new hotel at Reynolds Street and James Brown Boulevard.
By Susan McCord

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Code enforcement moves downtown

On Thursday, Augusta's Code Enforcement division moved out of a converted scale company building in south Augusta to the remodeled Mu­nici­pal Building. They join planning and development ...
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Storm fee fuels SPLOST resistance as talks on capital program begin

Development of a sales tax package to present to voters Nov. 3 kicks into high gear Friday at a three-hour Augusta Commission meeting.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stormwater fee approved by Augusta Commission

After months of debate, the Augusta Commission voted Tuesday to approve the first reading of an ordinance implementing a stormwater utility fee effective Jan. 1.
By Susan McCord

Monday, July 20, 2015

City administrator to propose property tax cut

City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson said she's recommending a slight decrease in property taxes this year, although the effect on individual tax bills likely will be too small to eliminate the ...
By Susan McCord

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Augusta settlements top $1 million in past year

Tuesday’s $58,455 settlement by the city with a group of firefighters who said they were underpaid for overtime brought to more than $1 million in payouts authorized by the Augusta Commission over ...
By Susan McCord

Friday, July 17, 2015

Presence of mayor's aide at closed meetings questioned

Augusta Commission members are taking issue with Mayor Hardie Davis bringing chief of staff Lynthia Owens into private meetings otherwise closed to the public.
By Susan McCord
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