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Sales tax rises to 8 percent in Richmond County on New Year's Day

Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 11:32 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 1:54 AM
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Augusta shoppers will pay an extra penny on every dollar starting today as collections begin for a new sales tax to fund special transportation projects over the next decade.

Forty-six Georgia counties are affected by the new 1 percent regional sales tax for transportation projects that was approved by voters on a July 31 referendum. Georgia was divided into 12 voting regions, and nine rejected the idea.

In Richmond County, the sales tax rises from 7 to 8 percent. The extra revenue, projected at $848 million in Richmond County’s voting region, will be spent locally and regionally to widen highways, fix bridges, install new traffic lights and maintain roads.

“The result of your vote will be felt within the first quarter of the year as we see these projects begin,” said Don Grantham, the Georgia Department of Transportation District 10 representative.

The first improvements to get underway will likely be smaller, less costly construction projects such as resurfacing, sidewalks and safety improvements. The first month’s revenue won’t be allocated to cities and counties until March 1.

In the Augusta area, work will continue on Windsor Spring Road, Ga. Highway 56 and Wrightsboro Road using revenue from the tax, Grantham said. The widening and realignment of Berckmans Road is also expected within the next three years.

The sales tax for transportation will not apply to sales of fuel for cars, airplanes or off-road equipment. It only applies to the first $5,000 of any sale or lease of a motor vehicle.

The 1 percent increase also kicks in for Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington and Wilkes counties. The sales tax rises to 8 percent for each county except Burke, which increases to 7 percent.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/31/12 - 12:34 pm
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Resurfacing

From the story:

“The result of your vote will be felt within the first quarter of the year as we see these projects begin,” said Don Grantham, Georgia Department of Transportation District 10 representative. The first improvements to get underway will likely be smaller, less costly construction projects such as resurfacing, sidewalks and safety improvements.

As I pointed out on the current R&R thread, there are hundreds of thousands (if not a million) of dollars sitting in escrow from past SPLOST referenda dedicated to road resurfacing and widening. You can see it on pages 6B and 7B in today's Chronicle print edition. If the city won't send out the crews to spend SPLOST dollars already collected, why should they spend the new TSPLOST dollars on resurfacing? They should use a first in/first out accounting method on this.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/31/12 - 12:36 pm
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The Kroger in N. Aug.

isn't very far away, and neither is the N. Aug. Walmart.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/31/12 - 01:09 pm
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This
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one cent increase is only the beginning for the left.

Darby
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Darby 12/31/12 - 01:10 pm
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I have the satisfaction of knowing...

....that I voted against giving this power to that bunch of incompetents...

Oh well, things are going so well economically that most of you can afford waste the money.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/31/12 - 02:25 pm
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Lowes

Yeah, and don't forget the N. Augusta Lowes. If you are buying a big ticket item such as washer/dryer, refrigerator, new doors for the house; let the N. Augusta Lowes deliver and save a chunk on sales tax.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/31/12 - 03:22 pm
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Good idea, LL

I never thought about how happy Aiken County must be over this area's passage of TSPLOST. The stupes who voted for this have done area businesses in all these afflicted counties a real disservice.

It's one of the more unpleasant unintended consequences. You have to wonder what it will take before the obtusely liberal and profligate wake up to the reality that raising taxes hurts businesses and consumers alike, and that the effect of doing it is very much like the erosion of a sink hole. Once enough ground has been eaten away by the trickle of water running through it, the hole opens up and swallows everything around it.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/31/12 - 03:54 pm
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I never thought I'd live to

I never thought I'd live to see the day when people would vote to tax themselves to pay for something they already pay taxes for, and give the money to an illegal, unelected regional government agency.

And what is going on with the issue of the state trying to "back out" of the deal where the idiots that approved this TSPLOST thingy were supposed to get extra money?

EVERYTHING IS CHEAPER IN NORTH AUGUSTA, THE CHEAPER GAS MAKES IT WORTH THE 10 MINUTE DRIVE, AND THE PARKING LOTS ARE SAFER. SAVE THAT SALES TAX MONEY TO HELP MAKE UP THE "RAIN" TAX, HIGHER GARBAGE FEES, AND FOR OBAMACARE TAXES. YOU ARE GOING TO NEED IT.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/31/12 - 03:55 pm
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Who pays attention, anyway?

From the story:

The sales tax for transportation will not apply to sales of fuel for cars.

If I managed a convenience store/gas station, I would likely increase the price by two or three cents per gallon anyway, because most of my customers would not read this story and I could just blame the increase on the sales tax.

:-)

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/31/12 - 03:59 pm
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I sincerely hope that local

I sincerely hope that local sales tax revenue goes DOWN from these new fees and taxes and that federal revenue goes DOWN because of higher tax rates.

It's time for a tax revolt and I have already started mine.

SHOP IN NORTH AUGUSTA.....FOR EVERYTHING. MOVE YOUR MONEY TO CASH AND TAX FREE BONDS. HIDE IT OFFSHORE. PUT YOUR ESTATE IN A TRUST.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/31/12 - 06:57 pm
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How Much?

Yes, 8 percent and then 9 and 10. It will never be enough. We are being taxed to death and told we have no choice. Everything we fought against in the Revolution is now being done here against us. Unfortunately, this has always been the cycle of history. How much will be enough? It's never enough for the government...they can always spend more than they take and take and take.

harley_52
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harley_52 12/31/12 - 08:59 pm
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Better Than Going To North Augusta...

...to buy that "big ticket item," buy it online and avoid sales tax altogether.

At least for now....

Will in Wrens
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Will in Wrens 12/31/12 - 09:37 pm
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Transportation tax

You folks may be lamenting it now, but in a very few years this area will be the envy of many other citizens in Georgia who voted down the transportation tax.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/31/12 - 10:15 pm
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scoopdedoop

You do have a choice. Just don't shop in RC.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 01/01/13 - 02:18 am
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Anyone else tired of &*%&$%$*&$ Windsor Springs Rd

I am so sick and tired of hearing about Windsor Spring Road> It has been a problem as long as I can remember. I remember this from my high school days in 1983. It should be an Interstate by now. Somebody shoot me already.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 01/01/13 - 02:25 am
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will be spent locally and regionally

What does "will be spent locally and regionally " mean? It should be spent where taxes are paid ONLY. Maybe they can lower property taxes now since they have this extra money.

nanowerx
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nanowerx 01/01/13 - 03:02 am
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Shame on you, Richmond Cty.

As a Columbia county resident where we wholeheartedly voted down this tax increase, my disdain goes out to Richmond county who made this tax go through. I am seriously disappointed; at a time when the economy is still in shambles, thanks for raising my taxes Richmond...

I will make ample sure that I shop online or North Augusta from now on. Even if I spend more in the long run in gas to drive to N. Augusta, it will be worth it for Augusta to not get my tax revenue. As The Joker stated in the movie The Dark Knight, "it's not about the money, it's about sending a message."

Techfan
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Techfan 01/01/13 - 04:33 am
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Just think, if they pass the

Just think, if they pass the unFair Tax, you can pay a 38% sales tax Except, of course, on gasoline. That would end up with a combined sales/excise tax of 60.4 cents per gallon + any county taxes.

http://taxfoundation.org/article/state-gasoline-tax-rates-january-1-2012

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/01/13 - 07:11 am
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DEATH OR TAXES

It is now clearly cheaper and safer to make many purchases in other Ga Counties and SC.

Gas is already 10 cent cheaper just across the border,
Food is already cheaper just across the border,
Life is safer across the border.

TAXES
We already have 20-55% Fed plus dozens of tacked on background hidden taxes.(gas, road, utility, etc..)

The Question has rapidly become:
At what point does the Taxpayer become a Slave or Serf to the Government and the care of the career non-workers?

Is it 1/3 of a Taxpayers life, or 51% of their earnings which are enforce by imprisonment.

Richmond Co. Residents became Serfs to Augusta 16 years ago with consolidation. Without the county residents, the local kingdom (Augusta) will financially fail AGAIN.

Our current 2 year family plan is to move outside the border.
Pick a border, any border.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/01/13 - 07:47 am
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TECHFAN be FAIR about the FAIR TAX

It is a Tax as you BUY & SPEND, not a TAX on your LIFE.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Tax
"The FairTax is a tax reform proposal for the federal government of the United States that would replace all federal income taxes (including the alternative minimum tax, corporate income taxes, and capital gains taxes), payroll taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes), gift taxes, and estate taxes with a single broad national consumption tax on retail sales.

It has one major draw back for Socialists & Liberals.
It requires the Federal Government to live within the COLLECTED amount of the preceding year.

A real Debt Ceiling imposed by collected amounts.
Not a PRINTED figure to support the next election returns.

It also takes care of people below a certain poverty line in the form of month rebates. See the Proposed FairTax Prebate Schedule

READ LITTLE- Learn something about other Tax system alternatives.
Any thing is better than the current Income Tax Code that sounds good to low information voters, but has so many political reward holes built-in for: businesses, the rich, or the very established well off, that it is has become a joke.

BTW: its 23 cents INITIALLY adjusting DOWN after a few years.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/01/13 - 07:33 am
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TSPLOST

We worked this out before and the increased amount the TSPLOST will result in the average family paying is significant although I can't remember the exact amount. They brag about this tax collecting another $840 million as if it's free. When you divide the amount by the number of families in the region, you realize just what an increased tax burden it is.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/01/13 - 07:45 am
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Poorest counties in Ga

Amazing isn't it....they can least afford a tax.....the counties are the very poor in Ga.....thread bare poor...Hancock is #1 on the list...

"It is very hard for people in Hancock, Glascock ... there are no companies located there," she said.

A small perfume company is among the only businesses based in Hancock, she said.

That's just not enough.

"It's not that they don't have the ability to do the jobs," she said. "The jobs just aren't there."

a quote from someone who knows .....

Young Fred
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Young Fred 01/01/13 - 07:50 am
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What's with this paltry 8%

What's with this paltry 8% sales tax? Our local government has needed, no, required, goods and services thrust upon us with the goodwill and a majority of voters. Can you even imagine, nay, would you want to imagine, life without all that this sales tax provides and offers to our citizens?!

Well, would you?

Why stop at 8%? I'm thinking 25 or 30 is about right. I took the bus the other day. Know what, it was kind of grimy and I felt uncomfortable. No human being should have to put up with this! This is America ding-dangit! It's totally unfair that some have so much while some of us suffer on grimy buses!!!

While I was on the bus, I saw a lady with one of those I-pad doohickeys. I'm a thinking if I had one of those my life would be much easier. I saw a guy passing the bus with a fancy­nancy convertible. How did he steal that from peeps like me I wonder? My neighbor has a pair of those red and white Reebok's, while I'm wearing a pair of K­mart specials – something is not right with this picture. I had to eat chicken and rice again last night. When I was busing down the road I saw one of those fancy steak houses. How is it fair that people spend all that money at fancy restaurants?

Well I ask you – how is it FAIR?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 01/01/13 - 09:24 am
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seenit

There's a couple of problems with, and a pretty big problems at that, with stories like this.

Number one – how do you define poverty or “severe” poverty.

Number two – why, with the services that's provided, services that would qualify as middle-class in many countries, why would some be classified as in “severe poverty”?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/01/13 - 10:04 am
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They are classifed at severe poverty or at rick for hunger
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or homeless because that gives the federal government cause to grow even larger in its scope of required services. Enlarge the "plantation". It is the American way. The more you have in the family, the more money you need. And we are all one family, comrade. Members of my cell will be watching and reporting on your speech and conduct. Your children are in my cell.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/01/13 - 10:31 am
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young fred

I understand your point...but we can't compare poverty here with other nations...

Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time. Poverty is losing a child to illness brought about by unclean water. Poverty is powerlessness, lack of representation and freedom.

I have seen poverty right here in Ga....some living in pop ups in the North Ga mountains.....some living in leantos in south Ga....we have it here in many places.....& yes some of their own making with poor decisions....
When some live from paycheck to payckeck (many do) that is poverty....

We take it for granite that all have access to the internet....some don't....even though we have pockets of wealth in these counties we also have the very poor........loss of jobs ....loss of decent paying jobs at that has changed the life style of many...

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/01/13 - 12:00 pm
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Poverty 1st hand in the USA

Just after we retired up in Western NC, Wally World came in an killed Main Street. It put over 40 family businesses and a 500+ employees out of work.

My Wife and I saw people living in below 3rd world poverty settings. At a below healthy level of Water supply and even basic-basic items.

People taking buckets to streams to fill up for their camp sites and digging holes for a place to relieve themselves. All because their home were repossessed when they lost their jobs. Many left for work to other areas, some joined the military leaving families to get camped in the woods until they returned from Atlanta training and could move them with them.

We donated what we could directly, but more than a few just wanted to earn it themselves and refused unless they could do something in return. There so many time you can fix a fence or something.

A few started making Good Clean Corn Shine to sell and used the $$$ to fed the families. So the Fed's sent in the ATF and FBI to shut it down. The Fed's spent million$ on themselves and related problems that could have been solved if the Cause was addressed. Unemployment. So what did the Fed's then do, they passed NAFTA, which shutdown the other low wage, but paying factory job, which employed another 200 people.

From that point on I have never doubted Regan's Quote regarding of the most scary words heard are: "I am from the Government and I am here to help."

Nor have we supported any Wally World type size business being built in a small town.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/01/13 - 12:08 pm
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Co-op

This idea just popped into my head, and it's probably not practical. Nevertheless, let me say that the increased sales tax in Richmond and Columbia counties could conceivably lead to the formation of a shopping co-op. A group of families could set up a system whereby one person with a van or truck drives over to N. Augusta to pick up items for the group. They could take turns driving or they could set up a re-imbursement system for the designated driver. For those living in west Augusta & Columbia County, the distribution point for the goods could be the truck stop behind the Pilot on Riverwatch Pkwy. @ I-20. For those living near downtown (or CBD as countyman calls it), the distribution point could be the GGHoF parking lot.

The only way to make it worthwhile from a cost standpoint would be to have minimal trips with maximum payloads. But if the idea is to make a political statement, there could be value in having the news media, TV and print, cover the drop-off/pick up parties. We could make it festive!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/01/13 - 12:32 pm
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LL, you're turning into a

LL, you're turning into a communist or something. :) Co-ops and all that. Ha. But, seriously, it is a huge tax. It's 14% increase in the sales tax and comes out to a lot per family.

avidreader
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avidreader 01/01/13 - 12:39 pm
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Ten Bucks!

If I purchase a $1000. refrigerator from the Lowe's in N. Augusta, I can treat my wife to lunch at Wife Saver (also in N. Augusta) with the extra ten bucks. That's two Augusta businesses that have lost a sale. Also, my wife and I spend about $600. per month at Publix and Bi-Lo combined. A trip to N.Augusta a couple of times per month is not a problem. Over the course of a year, that's a lot of ten dollar bills.

Should my wife and I sell our home and downsize for retirement, we will surely consider leaving Richmond County. I hope Don Grantham does not let us down, and God forbid, I'm trembling at the thought of Marion Williams running for mayor.

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