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Copenhaver issues statement on Russell firing

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 12:48 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 12:42 AM
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Mayor Deke Copenhaver, who was absent for the Augusta Commission’s firing Monday of eight-year City Administrator Fred Russell, has issued a statement on the decision.

“Having worked with Fred for eight years now, I consider him a man who kept the greater good of our city as a whole at the forefront of his decisionmaking process,” Copenhaver said Tuesday. “His job was never easy and I respect his commitment to always moving Augusta forward.

“I respect the will of the body and truly hope the Commission will work with me to help find a qualified replacement as this will not be an easy task, but is something we should all take very seriously at a critical juncture for a city we love and are blessed to serve.

“With all of the transformational initiatives we are currently working on for Augusta the stakes couldn’t be higher and I have faith that my elected colleagues will work together to ensure that they come to fruition.”

Copenhaver has not returned a request for further comment.

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Riverman1 12/11/13 - 03:41 pm
Revenue South Augusta Generates

With the tax revenue South Augusta generates, it could have more than paid for Diamond Lakes. It looks to me like South Augusta does pretty well attracting jobs on its own without downtown.

nocnoc 12/11/13 - 05:57 pm
Countyman - sometimes I support you sometimes not

Please keep in mind my point is the Spending of TAX $$$$.

Businesses openly do not get Taxpayer many except in Hotel, parking decks baseball stadiums and etc. type deals.

For Businesses to locate to an area, the area must have the needed economical demographics and the Infrastructure maintenance commitment by a local government, to be selectable as a viable location.

If a Government is NOT willing to invest in an area, it is either too busy fixing or maintaining other areas or steering business to those other areas. Such is the situation with the DOWNTOWN BD, and the WEST Augusta areas vs the South Augusta Areas.

I have yet to be challenged on the statement DOWNTOWN sucks much much more Tax $$$ in from the South Side than it returns or reinvests.

I would love any one to quote a PUBLIC viewable URL/PDF that shows how much of the Taxpayer $$$$, is spent in each of the areas vs amount collected in those areas.

Yes we are seeing a small turn in the Windsor Spring Shopping Center
areas. But it is out weighted a 100 fold by the buildup in WEST Augusta area and RC/CO Borderline.

Even in your rebuttal comment you, yourself point out these new businesses by a vast majority are focused along the ARC/Columbia Border and I-20 corridor.

When 48+/-% of the ARC Population lives in zip codes 30906 and 30815 zip, one would think maybe AT LEAST 40-45% of the Tax Revenue collected in that area would be reinvested?

If you have access to that figure I would be interested.

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