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Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015

City Ink: City not at fault for millions owed in sales taxes

The Georgia Department of Revenue says Augusta has to return as much as $7 million in sales taxes overpaid by Standard Aero. But it's not the city's fault. All local governments get every month is ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015

City Ink: Trump didn't hold back in Aiken talk

The USC Aiken Convo­cation Center was packed to the rafters Saturday with enthusiastic, cheering Donald Trump supporters decked out in "Make America Great Again" T-shirts, caps and pins.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015

City Ink: Commission justifies decision on mayor budget shortfall

Augusta Commission members who voted to give Mayor Hardie Davis $26,245 so he can keep his office open through year's end said they didn't want to punish employees for his mistakes, create legal ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015

City Ink: Suddenly, mayor's budget isn't enough

In October, Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis announced that he would live with the same $305,710 budget next year as he had this year. He must have had second thoughts about that.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

City Ink: Commissioners scramble for surplus budget funds

It's time to talk turkey this Thanksgiving week, and there's a lot to talk about concerning your money and the big fat turkeys who take so much from you they can't even decide what to do with it all.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

City Ink: Budget proposal late despite law

Augus­ta’s 2016 budget represents a whole different theory on how to do things. Previous commissions demanded that a few people do a lot and kept taxes low. The current ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015

City Ink: Ex-mayor gets credit for sales tax approval

Former Mayor Deke Copenhaver was working overtime seeking votes for the tax package while Mayor Hardie Davis was in London, Wash­ing­ton and who knows where else.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015

City Ink: Officials started tricks before Halloween

It's too spooky that the sales tax referendum comes after Halloween, and even spookier to think of who will get the tricks and who will get treats, although city officials have already played two ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015

City Ink: Mayor's trip seems out of character

"Pussycat, Pussycat, where have you been? "I've been to London to visit the queen. "Pussycat, Pussycat, what did you there? "I frightened a little mouse under her chair.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

City Ink: Confusion holds up rain tax preview

Could it be that the same dog who ate Mayor Hardie Davis’ original column on the commission retreat, forcing him to turn to ghostwriters, ate the rain tax notices, too?
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

City Ink: Mayor issues challenge after SUV fight

When his request for a staff SUV came up again on Tues­day's agenda, Mayor Hardie Davis withdrew it and challenged commissioners to give up their city-issued gas cards.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

City Ink: Mayor's vehicle request can't get in gear

Mayor Hardie Davis' request for a Ford Explorer to support his staff and transport equipment he uses for presentations wasn't even given lip service before being unanimously rejected at last ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

City Ink: Mayor's plagiarism scandal takes the cake

Mayor King Hardie Davis has done some surprising things since taking office, but placing his name on a mostly plagiarized column about a retreat and submitting it to The Augusta Chronicle takes ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015

City Ink: House District 123 race sees dropouts, adds

Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young is dropping out of the race for the District 123 Georgia House seat, saying he’s comfortable with his decision because his top three campaign issues have been ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

City Ink: Another retreat in store for commission

Augusta Mayor King Hardie Davis has summoned his court of 10 commissioners to a retreat Monday where they will have an opportunity to chart a new course and develop a strategic plan for One Augusta.
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015

City Ink: Sias vows to continue Gold Cross fight

Commission member Sammie Sias, a retired Army sergeant major, had to surrender in his battle to terminate the city's contract with ambulance provider Gold Cross, but vowed that he'll be back to ...
By Sylvia Cooper

Sunday, Aug 30, 2015

City Ink: Sales tax battle plays out online

Augusta has entered the digital age in politics with Secure Augusta's Future, Say No to SPLOST Augusta, One Tax Over the Line and
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015

City Ink: Commission finalizes tax package in busy week

The Augusta Commission approved a $215.5 million sales tax package and declined pipeline developer Kinder Morgan's $25,000 donation to install emergency call boxes downtown.
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 15, 2015

City Ink: Commission still whittling down SPLOST package

Augusta officials worked diligently last week trying to make a special purpose local option sales tax package so attractive to voters that they won't reject it. 
By Sylvia Cooper

Saturday, Aug 8, 2015

Budgets show commissioners' love of travel

If Augusta Commission member Mary Davis attends the Association County Commissioners of Georgia fall meetings, she'll have to pay her own way. Because there is no travel money left.
By Sylvia Cooper
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