Commission to discuss Fort Gordon bus route

City Administrator Fred Russell will present a “plan of action” for connecting Fort Gordon to the city bus system at today’s Augusta Commission committee meeting.

The commission tasked Russell with meeting with post and Augusta Public Transit officials Friday to determine how to establish the route, which several commissioners have made a priority.

Adding the hourlong, Monday-through-Saturday route that would include Augusta Mall if approved would cost the city about $321,444 a year, but would give soldiers and others without cars an alternative to taking a taxi.

The bus would make four stops on federal property, but passengers without permission to access Fort Gordon would have to exit at the post visitor center.

The presentation is one of numerous agenda items going for city committee approval today before a 3 p.m. work session on the 2014 budget, which shows an $8 million shortfall.

Russell and some commissioners were at odds last week over whether to cut programs and salaries or raise taxes.

The raise would be either through a property tax increase, new excise tax on manufacturers or both.

Also going for committee approval today is amending the city’s Tax Allocation District 1 to remove downtown parcels to create Tax Allocation District 4, with a public hearing Dec. 3. A TAD, similar to Tax Increment Financing, uses tax increments to fund infrastructure improvements.

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