Advance voting week for the SPLOST referendum begins today at three locations in Augusta.
All voters are required to show one of six forms of identification, including a Georgia identification card or driver's license, when they vote.
Advance voting ends Friday, and the citywide special election is June 16.
Voting will be conducted between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. this week at the Board of Elections, 530 Greene St.; Henry Brigham Recreation Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road; and Warren Road Recreation Center, 300 Warren Road.
Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey has said she expects voter turnout to be about 15 percent. The election will cost the city $83,290, which the Augusta Commission approved Tuesday.
For more information, call (706) 821-2340 or visit www.augustaga.gov/boe.
Reach Stephanie Toone at (706) 823-3215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
View a sample ballot for this month's special election, in which voters will decide the SPLOST issue.
SALES TAX PROJECT BREAKDOWN
Of the money to be raised by extending the 1-cent sales tax, 67 percent would go toward infrastructure. The sales tax list also includes:
- $18 million for Municipal Building renovations
- $17 million to replace police vehicles and fire trucks
- $10.9 million for parks and recreation
- $10 million to pay off debt from money fronted to the Medical College of Georgia to buy Gilbert Manor public housing project
- $5.7 million for Hephzibah and Blythe
- $5.1 million toward the Augusta Symphony's restoration of the Miller Theatre
- $4 million to dredge Lake Olmstead
- $3.5 million to create a lake near Regency Mall, part of a strategy to spur redevelopment there
- $2.5 million for Paine College's Health Education Activities Learning Complex
SPLOST package grand total: $184,724,000
Infrastructure projects ($124,055,000)
|Augusta Regional Airport||Eastside Access Economic Development Program - Element 1||8,500,000|
|Daniel Field Airport||Airport Terminal Renovation||2,000,000|
|Webster Detention Center||18,000,000|
|Sheriff Administration Building||6,000,000|
|Training Center Infrastructure||2,000,000|
|Traffic Sign Upgrade Program||300,000|
|Lake Olmstead Dredging||4,000,000|
|Martin Luther King Drive||1,250,000|
|Garden City Beautification Initiative||500,000|
|Rocky Creek Drainage Plan / Regency Mall||3,500,000|
|Maxwell Branch Library||900,000|
|Friedman Branch Library||600,000|
|Augusta-Richmond County authorities|
|Downtown Development Authority||1,200,000|
|Development Authority of Richmond County||1,200,000|
|Augusta Canal Authority||4,170,000|
|Public Services||Municipal Building Renovations||18,000,000|
|Public Services||Grading and Drainage||4,500,000|
|Public Services||Green Space - CSR Land Trust||500,000|
|Public Services||Suburban Forces-Resurfacing||3,000,000|
|Public Services||Tree Removal, Pruning and Replacement||1,000,000|
|Public Services||Curb Cuts and Sidewalks||500,000|
|Public Services||Resurfacing - Contracts||3,000,000|
|Public Services||General Bridge Rehab and Maintenance||3,000,000|
|I-20 Eastbound/Riverwatch Ramp||1,100,000|
|Walton Way Signal Phase 2 and Streetlight Upgrade||800,000|
|Gordon Highway Lighting Upgrade||1,500,000|
|Reynolds Street Signal Improvements||575,000|
|15th Street Pedestrian Improvements||800,000|
|Intersection Safety and Operational Initiative||2,550,000|
|South Augusta Transit Center||190,000|
|Renovation Augusta Public Transit Facilities||125,000|
|Transit Vehicle Purchase||420,000|
|MCG-Gilbert Manor Debt||10,000,000|
|Emergency Fleet Replacement||9,500,000|
|Public Safety Vehicles||7,500,000|
|New Headquarters Library||1,000,000|
|Historic Augusta, Inc.||Wilson & Lamar Historic Sites||125,000|
|The Augusta Symphony||The Augusta Theatre District Project||5,283,600|
|The Augusta Symphony||Augusta Mini Theatre||716,400|
|Pendleton King Park Foundation||Pendleton King Park Connectivity Improvements||200,000|
|Delta House Inc.||Lucy Laney Craft Museum of Black History||600,000|
|Augusta Museum of History||Augusta Museum of History||600,000|
|Jessye Norman School of Arts||Handicap Access Project||95,000|
|Imperial Theatre||Theatre Improvements||1,000,000|
|Boys and Girls Club||E.W. Hagler Club Renovations||500,000|
|Augusta Urban Ministries||Roof Replacement||175,000|
|Paine College||Health Education Activates Learning Complex||2,500,000|
|Golden Harvest Food Bank||New Building||250,000|
|Existing Structural Improvement Fund||950,000|
|Old Government House||200,000|
|Fleming Tennis Center||600,000|
|Augusta Soccer Complex||150,000|
|Diamond Lakes Regional||1,350,000|
|Augusta Golf Course||300,000|
|H. H. Brigham||250,000|
|Butler Creek & Hwy 56||500,000|
|Lake Olmstead Stadium||100,000|
|Community Wide Tennis Court Resurfacing||150,000|
|Community Wide Swimming Pool Renovations||900,000|
|Recreation Planning - Master Plan||200,000|
|City of Hephzibah||4,424,000|
|City of Blythe||1,300,000|
|Network Assessment Remediation||250,000|
|Redundant Fiber Ring||250,000|
|Software Application Consolidation||1,000,000|
The Chronicle will hold an online debate from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today, moderated by government reporter and columnist Johnny Edwards.
Representing the "no" crowd will be Rocky Eades, the chairman of the Libertarian Party of the CSRA.
Representing the pro side will be Helen Blocker-Adams, a former mayoral candidate and the host of People and Issues With Helen on WNRR-AM (1230).
The debate will unfold on our Web site in a live chat format. To follow along or take part, click here.