SPLOST work session scheduled Monday

 The Augusta Commission has a Monday work session set to review more requests from outside agencies seeking part of the city’s next 1 percent sales tax allocation.


Starting at 10:30 a.m., commissioners will hear from the Development Authority of Richmond County about its request for $3 million for a corporate park access road and $850,000 in industrial infrastructure, followed by Augusta Canal Authority’s $5.15 million request for funds to improve Augusta Canal.

Also invited to the session is Augusta’s Downtown Development Authority, which is seeking $5.6 million for “Augusta Commons Phase 2” and $3 million for a business incubator.

Augusta Regional Collaborative, a group founded by Mayor Deke Copenhaver and headed by Matt Kwatinetz, will detail its request for $11.959 million in sales tax funds to convert two historic textile mills into space for Georgia Regents University.

Also Monday, the Greater Augusta Arts Council will detail some $16.4 million in requests to develop downtown studio and artist space, create a public arts master plan and implement the master plan.

With collections at about $3 million a month, city officials have said they’ll have to cut some $741 million in total project requests to under $200 million. So far commissioners have held two work sessions with requesting groups and departments and have a fourth scheduled for Thursday.

Because it has already voted to borrow against future SPLOST collections for two projects, the commission is obligated to include $30 million for ongoing renovations at Augusta Municipal Building and $8 million in matching funds for GRU to build a cancer research center in the referendum scheduled to go before voters May 20.

The SPLOST session precedes five commission committee meetings and a called legal meeting which are set to begin at noon.

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