Augusta Commission to decide whether The Patch gets to use sales tax money

 

The Augusta Commission will decide today whether the new private manager of the city-owned golf course gets to use $300,000 in sales tax money to make improvements to the course.

Brian Hendry, the Aberdeen, Scotland, businessman whose firm leased the course for $1,000 a month starting in January, called the sales-tax allocation “a bonus” that he hadn’t budgeted for, but some commissioners have questioned why a private operator should get the money.

In a March 1 letter to Recreation Director Tom Beck, Hendry said his firm will “match any funding” the city allots.

Among the changes his firm is interested in making, according to the letter, are:

• Making the 13th and 14th holes “signature” holes

• Constructing a new 18th green

• Constructing a chipping and practice bunker on the existing 18th green and improving the driving range

• Repairing and adding golf cart paths

• Replacing damaged railroad ties

• Constructing new ladies’ and men’s locker rooms

• Repairing and repainting the clubhouse

• Fencing the property

• Constructing new signs and gates at the entrance.

The reallocation of sales tax funding failed to pass at a Feb. 27 meeting of the commission’s Administrative Services Committee.

In other business, the commission will revisit an $836,288 change order at the Trade, Exhibit and Event Center. The change, which brings the project’s cost to $30.1 million, is mainly upgrades to fire safety systems that already satisfy Georgia code to higher standards required by Marriott International. The agenda item failed to pass at the Feb. 21 commission meeting.

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