Committee takes no action on hotel fee

Monday, May 11, 2009 2:34 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 10:42 PM
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Confident that the downtown TEE center will eventually get six votes or more, Augusta commissioner Jerry Brigham backed off today on a proposal to eliminate the city’s $1-a-night hotel fee, which was enacted to fund both the trade, exhibit and event center and redevelopment of blighted inner-city neighborhoods.

Mr. Brigham had the idea placed on the Finance Committee meeting agenda after a TEE center funding plan failed by a 5-4-1 vote last week. Citing ongoing dialogue among commissioners since then, he agreed to leave the proposal in committee, as opposed to sending it to the full commission meeting next week for a vote.

Had killing the hotel fee been voted on Monday, the committee would have deadlocked 2-2. Then it wouldn’t have gotten six votes on the commission and would have wound up back in committee anyway, Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Mason pointed out.

City Administrator Fred Russell’s financing plan involved $35 million in bonds to build a $38 million TEE center with a $17 million parking deck and to kick-start redevelopment of the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods.

No voters Corey Johnson and Mr. Mason say they want the parking deck and the creation of a new Urban Redevelopment Authority removed from the plan. Mr. Johnson said today that he wants to increase the bond amount for inner-city revitalization from $9 million to $12.5 million.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/11/09 - 02:57 pm
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There is no reason to rush

There is no reason to rush this thing. Please allow a little time for discussion and thinking. In my opinion, the TEE center idea should be scrapped.

abeecee2
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abeecee2 05/11/09 - 04:08 pm
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Dear Little Lamb. Actually,

Dear Little Lamb. Actually, this project has been studied for years--at least 5 --as I recall. There is a very good ecomonic case to support building a convention space. It will draw conventions and events from outside Augusta and Georgia and that is new $$ for our ecomony.

Barf Obama
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Barf Obama 05/11/09 - 04:10 pm
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Is this one of those"It's

Is this one of those"It's only a penny jobs?"

mad_max
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mad_max 05/11/09 - 04:14 pm
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Kill the TEE and kill the

Kill the TEE and kill the baseball stadium. Our commissioners, mayor, and administrator. Champagne appetite and a beer barrel budget. Why don't you take up some issues you might could handle. I'll give you one to start on. How about getting our trash collection contract renegotiated. You know, the one where you gave them a huge increase last year when fuel costs were over 100% higher than they are now. Isn't that the excuse you used to give them a, what was it, about a 30% last year? Do we get a rebate on that overpayment????? Why don't you take that up at your next little meeting. Hey Deke. You might could find some unity on that issue and you might actually do ALL of your constituents a little good for once.

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SlapShot2 05/11/09 - 05:19 pm
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The voters and I voted and

The voters and I voted and approve the funding for the TEE Center. I dont think the parking deck was apart of that vote so lets not include that element. I think the constituents should tell there commissioners they are tired of Augusta being the least progressive city in the southeast and its time to move forward.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 05/11/09 - 07:13 pm
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This situation is why the

This situation is why the commission cannot be trusted with more SPLOST funds. VOTE NO JUNE 16 to send a message.

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FedupwithAUG 05/11/09 - 10:00 pm
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Once again a plan for

Once again a plan for riverfront property that does not even take advantage of the riverfront view. Instead the proposal includes a convention center that centers on a street - Reynolds. [filtered word]? Instead we have a parking lot on the river. What a bunch of hairbrain developers. I guess the idea is to focus on Broad street and not the river. I have a feeing this is one of Billy's deals. Once the paper goes under he needs another source of income by us taxpayers.

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Tots 05/11/09 - 10:08 pm
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Just say NO

Just say NO

dhd1108
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dhd1108 05/12/09 - 07:37 am
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take the money meant for the

take the money meant for the Tee center and donate it to the Kroc Center!

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