Voters to advise on downtown Augusta stadium

 

At the heart of four questions placed on the Richmond County Democratic ballot Tuesday is Mayor Deke Copenhaver's proposal to build a baseball stadium at the former Golf & Gardens property.

While the straw poll questions are not binding, city officials and involved parties say they're interested in the results.

The Richmond County Democratic Party drafted the questions for the ballot. Voters in the Republican primary will not have the ballot questions.

The first question asks whether a public referendum should be held on using public money to "enhance private investment" in the golf property.

Copenhaver's proposal involved public investment in a deal with developer Jacoby to build a multiuse facility at the site, primarily for use as an Augusta GreenJackets stadium.

The second question asks whether voters favor spending public money to build a new GreenJackets stadium.

A third question asks whether public money should be spent on a new performing arts center, and a fourth asks whether Augusta should return to once-weekly trash pickup.

The city has collected household trash twice a week for about a decade, but the commission will consider returning to once-weekly when it renews contracts with waste haulers this year.

The questions

1. Do you think that there should be a public referendum if public monies are used to enhance private investment in the Golf & Garden properties?

2. Do you favor spending public monies to build a new stadium replacing the Lake Olmstead baseball stadium?

3. Do you favor using public monies to build a new Performing Arts Center?

4. Do you favor one garbage collection instead of two?

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