County officials travel to Capitol for 'Greater Augusta Day'

Richmond, Columbia and Burke county officials will travel to Atlanta on Wednesday for “Greater Augusta Day” at the Capitol.

A copy of the day’s itinerary indicates more than three dozen area officials will participate, including Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz, Augusta State University Vice President Jeff Foley and Richmond County Board of Education President Alex Howard.

The day includes group meetings with Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden, University System Vice Chancellor Steve Wrigley and other state officials.

Likely topics of discussion include the new regional sales tax for transportation, lifting a sales tax on energy used for manufacturing, the education of military children and the former Golf and Gardens property, according to the itinerary.

The Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce support passage of the regional 1 percent sales tax for transportation, it says. The measure goes before voters later this year.