Groups make last case for Aiken County 1-cent sales tax funds

AIKEN --- The Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons Inc. and three other groups took one last shot at getting a share of the Aiken County 1-cent capital projects sales tax Monday.

Cumbee Center Executive Director Kay Mixon asked the sales tax commission for $600,000, and specified that the cities of North Augusta and Aiken should contribute $100,000 to that amount from their portion of the sales tax. She said all of Aiken receives services and should contribute to upgrading facilities.

Mixon said she would promote approving the sales tax if funding was granted to the center.

Other funds requested include: $500,000 for All Aboard!, which is overseeing the Railroad Depot construction; $500,000 for the African-American Center for History, Arts and Culture; and $750,000 for the North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center.

The commission agreed to wait for four additional presentations June 7 from the Galaxi Teen Center, the YMCA, the SPCA and the Graniteville-Vaucluse-Warrenville Investment Corp. about their needs before making a decision on which groups would receive money, City Administrator Clay Killian said.

"They're just trying to get through the process first and narrow down some other requests," he said.

The city of Aiken has already allotted a portion of its funds to the teen center, YMCA, SPCA and the African-American Center.

The commission also sorted out requests from smaller communities, which came back incomplete for the May 17 session.

Communities including Burnettown and Wagener refined requests to their budget limits, which included abandoning some projects to update parks or municipal facilities in the more rural areas of the county, Killian said.

The commission's June 7 meeting will also involve discussing joint projects with North Augusta.

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