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

Monday, March 5, 2012 9:03 PM
Last updated Tuesday, March 6, 2012 1:38 AM
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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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csraguy
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csraguy 03/05/12 - 10:16 pm
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A private business gets a

A private business gets a golf course for $1,000.00 per month. If they feel it is worth improving so that they will make more money, then they will improve it withouth tax money.

This $300,000.00 SHOULD NOT go to a golf course, especially one now managed privately. We have many needs in this community and golf course repairs shouldn't even be on the list.

juantez
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juantez 03/05/12 - 10:45 pm
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H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H
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H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO,H NO, But Hail No

dickworth1
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dickworth1 03/05/12 - 11:32 pm
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Enough is enough, it is time
Unpublished

Enough is enough, it is time to vote no for the 1 per cent option sales tax. Why should Augustans pay these clowns, our local government,
which includes the mayor and the commission. I have had it with every issue being a black and white agenda. Let's stop throwing our earned income, if you are lucky enough to have a job, to this local government.
It is sad when you have abusers and just plain stupity representing the
good citizens of our community. I for one am fed up with this whole picture and we as citizens deserve better than this. Let's ask that all
commissioners resign and hold a special election and start over. Also
the commissioners should only be allowed to serve one term and be ineligible to run again for office as a commissioner.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 03/06/12 - 08:44 am
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If this money is doled out to

If this money is doled out to the private operator of the course, should then owners of other public golf courses in Richmond county then file suit for equal treatment?

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 03/06/12 - 10:30 am
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CSRAguy, Agree 100%.

CSRAguy, Agree 100%.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 03/06/12 - 10:37 am
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Tax Money for a privately

Tax Money for a privately owned golf course? Please tell me you are kidding. And we are losing police officers due to budget cuts and we have money to give to a golf course? Somebody in this town needs to get their head out of the sand and use some common sense. Every taxpayer should revolt against this type of thinking and say "Enough" to the foolishness! And to think the rec dept would match the funds? What is wrong with these people? It's time to clean the Augusta political house and elect some people with sense. This is asinine and atrocious. How many police officers could we hire with that money? Wake up folks and smell the coffee!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/06/12 - 12:08 pm
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Well.......this money WAS at

Well.......this money WAS at least approved to go to the golf course. Yes, I know that was BEFORE we leased it out.

BUT......I had rather we see this approved money go to the golf course than see SOME MORE UNAPPROVED MONEY go to the Paul Cabal, and the Marriott for their private playpen w/parking that we built them and which is WAY over what was approved.

Don't let them distract you with this piddly amount of money while we are giving the Paul Cabal $millions that were not approved by the voters. Keep your eyes on the Paul.....err I mean the ball.

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