Augusta residents are set to vote on the consolidated government’s latest special purpose local option sales tax package in a referendum on the May 20 ballot.
The Augusta Chronicle is addressing the 1 percent sales tax collection in a continuing series until election day.
Q: What will Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities do with its $19 million allocation of sales tax funds if voters approve the package?
A: Recreation Director Robert Levine said his department plans to adhere to the list of 28 projects included in the package Augusta commissioners approved in February as collections allow.
The package allocates between $250,000 and $500,000 each for eight city parks: Dyess, May, Minnick, McDuffie Woods, Eisenhower, Blythe, McBean and Valley. It also designates $400,000 apiece for Riverwalk Augusta and the Boathouse Rowing Center, $500,000 for Fleming Tennis Center, $250,000 for Butler Creek and $500,000 for multipurpose court upgrades.
Larger-ticket items included in the package are $1.5 million for the Augusta Aquatic Center; $2 million for Newman Tennis Center; $2 million for playground unit replacement and $2.75 million for Diamond Lakes Regional Park.
Also for water activities, the package allocates $1.85 million for a “splash pad water playground initiative” and $500,000 for citywide pool renovations.