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Council gives tentative OK to Project Jackson

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 12:05 AM
Last updated 12:26 AM
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It will take a little longer for the city of North Augusta to get Aiken County Council’s final verdict on the North Augusta Tax Incremental Fi­nancing district, which would be used to fund a proposed riverfront development known as Project Jackson.

A member of the audience holds up a "No TIF" sign during the county council meeting.  NIKASHA DICKS/STAFF
NIKASHA DICKS/STAFF
A member of the audience holds up a "No TIF" sign during the county council meeting.

County council didn’t kill it, but didn’t give it the final approval some were hoping for, either.

Soon after the start of the council’s meeting Tuesday, it was explained to the standing-room-only crowd that the council had received legal advice to consider the intergovernmental agreement as an ordinance, which requires three votes, called “readings,” plus a public hearing. Therefore, the council did not vote as scheduled on the Project Jackson resolution already approved by North Augusta City Council and the Aiken County Board of Education.

The ordinance, however, got first reading approval Tuesday, when it was included as an item on the council’s consent agenda. A consent agenda allows for several items to be voted on as a group, instead of taking a vote on each individual item. The consent agenda, with the Project Jackson ordinance, was approved.

The county council will schedule a public hearing and have two more readings at future meetings.

During the meeting’s public presentation, North Augusta resident Steve Don­ohue and North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover gave council members the pros and cons of the project.

Donohue, who has been a vocal opponent, shared several reasons for his opposition, including the use of government funds and his belief that the area on which the project would be built doesn’t fit the definition of being a “blighted area.”

Glover highlighted the benefits of the project, specifically the economic impact it would have on the county.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/13 - 05:17 am
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Parliamentary Maneuver

A parliamentary maneuver to avoid a heated debate with the public present at the meeting. The wheels keep turning towards the inevitable.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/21/13 - 07:18 am
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It works in CC when they want to go against public opinion.
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It works in CC when they want to go against public opinion.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/21/13 - 07:19 am
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It's a-comin' down the track...

...and can't be stopped, and Augusta GA is tied to rails like the heroine in an old black and white movie...but no one is coming to rescue her!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/21/13 - 07:19 am
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Smoke and mirrors. Hiding the pea. Paying the PIPERS.
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Smoke and mirrors. Hiding the pea. Paying the PIPERS.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/21/13 - 07:20 am
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This has to be more than N. Augusta. ARC is a player.
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This has to be more than N. Augusta. ARC is a player.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/21/13 - 08:32 am
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Riverman1 @ 5:17

"A parliamentary maneuver to avoid a heated debate with the public present at the meeting. The wheels keep turning towards the inevitable"

Even though I am still hoping for a "NO VOTE", I believe you hit this one on the head !!

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 08/21/13 - 08:36 am
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sigh

this closed mind mentality is what keeps our communities stagnate.

lgr
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lgr 08/21/13 - 10:18 am
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ball park

if this thing is such a winner why has it not helped Augusta the entire time is has been here? glad that a new stadium will not be built with my tax dollars. people go to a ball game. this is not Atlanta, they do not spend the night or go out to eat or shop. they go to the game, eat a hot dog and go home

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