Tax funds designated for nongovernmental entities

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Augusta voters are set to vote on the consolidated government’s latest special purpose local option sales tax package by a referendum that appears on the May 20 ballot.

The Augusta Chronicle addresses the 1 percent sales tax collection in a continuing series until election day.

Q: Why are special purpose local option sales tax funds designated for nongovernmental entities?

A: The 1987 and 1991 packages were billed to Augusta-Richmond County voters as an easy funding source for needed road, drainage and related infrastructure work. By the third package in 1995, funding was specifically designated for three private entities – Augusta Mini Theater, Lucy C. Laney Museum and Springfield Baptist Church – for the stated purpose of attracting support from black voters.

Not-for-profit entities that are private, yet generally open to the public, such as Historic Augusta, Fore Augusta, the mini theater, Laney museum, Imperial Theatre and Symphony Orchestra Augusta requested and received similar sales-tax allocations from subsequent tax packages with no known legal challenges.

Allocations for private entities in the proposed $194 million package include $5.25 million for Augusta Regional Collaborative, $2.775 million for Greater Augusta Arts Council, $2.5 million for the Imperial Theatre, $4.25 million for Symphony Orchestra Augusta, $6 million for Paine College and $500,000 for Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy.

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bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 04/30/14 - 12:32 am
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With no known legal

With no known legal challenges? Why not?

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 04/30/14 - 12:34 am
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Appears to me some have been

Appears to me some have been robbing the hen house.

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Butterman 04/30/14 - 03:41 pm
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The Pro SPLOST
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Propaganda campaign continues in The Chronicle. Remember their owner made out like a bandit in a previous SPLOST. No wonder they are for it.

triscuit
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triscuit 04/30/14 - 05:00 pm
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"By the third package in

"By the third package in 1995, funding was specifically designated for three private entities – Augusta Mini Theater, Lucy C. Laney Museum and Springfield Baptist Church – for the stated purpose of attracting support from black voters.".........Sorry, do black voters not use roads, drainage and infrastructure.??? Horse hockey!!!

triscuit
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triscuit 04/30/14 - 05:01 pm
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I can't even imagine how a

I can't even imagine how a church justifies this money tax-wise??

Pops
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Pops 04/30/14 - 07:28 pm
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It is time

to stop the "madness"....

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/30/14 - 10:47 pm
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I'd rather give the

I'd rather give the $21,250,000 to Augusta Animal Services to expand their adoption program. They are currently euthanizing 70% of the animals that end up there. Nobody dies if we don't fund the symphony and the bridge tagging "artists" or the Paine "cultural center". And oh yeh......Augusta Animal Services is OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT STUFF.

JustSpeakingMyMind
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JustSpeakingMyMind 05/01/14 - 08:46 am
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I agree dichotomy, something

I agree dichotomy, something does need to be done to reduce those numbers! However, year after year our people who protect us and keep us safe are denied pay increases, while others seem to get one, yet we can fund things that are outside of the scope of the Augusta-Ricmond County government. We really need to get our priorities straight.

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dsterling9 05/01/14 - 10:15 am
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MORE PAYING ATTENTION

Maybe...just maybe...more people are paying attention than in the past. I for one did not have (or didn't take the time) to keep up on a lot of things happening in our local government because I was away from home about 13 hours a day just making a living and then there were the personal/family tragedies. Further, I trusted my elected officials to follow their oath of office and 'do the right/legal thing' and of late I have been doing a lot of personal research and asking questions. Not much trust left. Thanks to the internet there is a lot of information available. If this SPLOST is voted through the Mayor and Commission needs to demand a strict accounting of 'where the money goes'. Better yet start now with the existing SPLOST and do the same thing.

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story1 05/01/14 - 11:49 am
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dsterling....

Shouldn't "strict accounting of where the money goes" have occurred many Splosts ago? Shouldn't our leaders demand accounting of past and future Splost recipients?

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