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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OpenCurtain 01/01/13 - 02:37 pm
Our typical once a week trip to NA

We do some general shopping and make a few purchases $50 -75
We fill prescriptions, buy food and non-food stuff at Kroger $200 to $300 depending.

We purchase a tank of gas @ SC discounted prices usually 10cents of a little more Plus another 20cent discount or more, by using our Kroger points. $30-$32

Sometimes, if we leave early, we'll take Bobby Jones to Clearwater and have a Hardee's Steak Biscuits and coffee, before we start shopping.
Another $11. if not we grab lunch at about $20

In one week we spend
Figuring low we spend around $300 a week in North Augusta.

Given we don't shop Christmas week or Thanksgiving week that is 50 weeks. That is at least $15,000 we spend in North Augusta while saving about $30+ week or $1,500+ a year.

Plus lower taxes mean more of our $$$ is spent on us and less on some Downtown's person latest idea of Revitalization and a new tax to support it.

SO FAR - I haven't gotten out my car to pump gas and had to listen jerks CD blaring profanity rap. Very little Saggy Pants, a lot of stores tell them pull them up or leave. A few even post it on the front door. We haven't gotten waited on by some full body tattooed person with NC-17 graphic looking arms and 1lbs or piercings.

Have maybe 3 times, heard people doing the yell talking at each other in the stores a few aisles apart, before a manager asked the to lower their voices or leave.

Generally Safer, open parking spaces and better lit parking areas.

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