Sylvia Cooper

Stories by Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Aug 30, 2015

City Ink: Sales tax battle plays out online

Augusta has entered the digital age in politics with Secure Augusta's Future, Say No to SPLOST Augusta, One Tax Over the Line and iloveaug.org.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015

City Ink: Commission finalizes tax package in busy week

The Augusta Commission approved a $215.5 million sales tax package and declined pipeline developer Kinder Morgan's $25,000 donation to install emergency call boxes downtown.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 15, 2015

City Ink: Commission still whittling down SPLOST package

Augusta officials worked diligently last week trying to make a special purpose local option sales tax package so attractive to voters that they won't reject it. 
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 8, 2015

Budgets show commissioners' love of travel

If Augusta Commission member Mary Davis attends the Association County Commissioners of Georgia fall meetings, she'll have to pay her own way. Because there is no travel money left.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015

City Ink: VIPs turn out to honor Strength

When former Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength arrived for the dedication of the sheriff's office administration building in his honor Tuesday, he thought there were too many chairs under the ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, July 25, 2015

City Ink: Rain tax has always been a done deal

Of course the rain tax passed. It was just the first reading of the ordinance, but no matter, it's a done deal. Always has been.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, July 18, 2015

City Ink: Commission confused over who is invited to legal meetings

Guess who's coming to legal? Apparently there's some confusion among Augusta Commission members - not that that's news to anybody - about who can attend their closed-door legal meetings.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, July 11, 2015

City Ink: Commissioners all talk this week on rain tax

Augusta Commission members are caught between a SPLOST and a rain tax and can't do anything but talk.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, July 4, 2015

City Ink: Young's bid starts week of political moves

Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young's announcement in last Sun­day's City Ink that he would run for the Dis­trict 123 Georgia House seat held by Rep. Barbara Sims started the ball rolling in ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 27, 2015

City Ink: Current, former mayors sound off on consolidation results

The 20th anniversary of the vote to consolidate Augusta and Richmond County governments passed quietly last week. Most people say it was a mistake, among them the new government's first mayor, ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 20, 2015

City Ink: Jackson leaves mayor 'dumbfounded'

Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis faced a rebellion in his court head-on last week by going public and announcing that he was "dumbfounded" when City Admin­is­trator Janice Allen Jackson told him ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 13, 2015

City Ink: 'Augmented reality' could work for commissioners

There's an idea to promote James Brown and draw tourists to Augusta by creating "augmented reality" exhibits projecting Brown's images. It's an intriguing concept that commissioners could put to ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, June 6, 2015

City Ink: Fable has lesson for Augusta Commission

Rumors ran rampant in Augus­ta last week, but every one I chased turned out to be a false alarm, a dead end or unverifiable.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 30, 2015

City Ink: Talk not looking good for stormwater fee

Let's see now. I'm trying to figure out what's going on with the proposed rain tax that's on Tuesday's agenda. There's the consultant's recommendation for a $6.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 23, 2015

City Ink: More news outside Municipal Building than inside

May­­or Pro Tem Grady Smith collapsed into the arms of Brad Owens outside the Marble Palace last week and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 16, 2015

City Ink: Stormwater fee critic needs miracle

Former Augusta Com­mis­sion member Moses Todd could more easily part the Red Sea than convince commissioners to reject the rain tax when he speaks against it at Tuesday's meeting.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 9, 2015

City Ink: City officials can't make up mind on buildings

Augusta officials have a problem with buildings. They can’t make up their minds when to build them and when to tear them down.  
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, May 2, 2015

City Ink: Commission could learn from dog

The Augusta Commission should heed Aesop's fable "The Dog and the Bone" as a cautionary tale before approving a rain tax.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 25, 2015

City Ink: Familiar characters fill Temple's novel

Merle Temple's second novel, A Rented World, is a tell-all book filled with local and state figures so thinly veiled he might as well have used their real names although he calls it a work of fiction.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Second lunch with mayor gives me more to share

Mayor Hardie Davis and I went to lunch again last week and celebrated his first 100 days in office. This time, I didn't forget my tape recorder.
By Sylvia Cooper
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