SPLOST question: What will Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities do with its $19 million allocation of sales tax funds?

Sunday, May 4, 2014 6:02 PM
Last updated Monday, May 5, 2014 12:24 AM
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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.

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nocnoc 05/05/14 - 06:37 am
While we are at it, why not some $$$$$ for this?

The Spirit Creek Educational Forest Wildlife habitat.

It seems like a great GREEN SPACE IDEA for ARC.
No basketball goals, no buildings, no concrete or asphalt.
Just nature trails, deer, other animals, trees and more nature.
Very low maintenance.



Maybe it is time for some "South Side tactical suburbanism"

studmuffin1533 05/05/14 - 07:01 am

I would vote yes if taxpayers had some sort of active involvement in where the $$ went. The process we have now is no better than the US Congress: Special interest groups get their obtuse projects rolled into the same tortilla as the stuff we really need.
We really do need to tear down the blighted houses. But we sure as a foot fault don't need to spend $2million on the tennis center that so few people use.

nocnoc 05/05/14 - 07:06 am
Excitedly waiting for the Spin for SPLOST 7 Section P

Augusta Georgia
Outside Agencies

Particularly Sections B, C and P
The Mills District $11.9 MILLION
Public Art Implementation $14.08 MILLION
Imperial Theater Renovation $6 MILLION
Augusta Symphony Miller Theater $12.9 MILLION

Paine College - The James Brown Community & Fine Arts Cultural Center $8 MILLION

Augusta Mini Theater 250 Seat Theater - Phase II $1.8MILLION Augusta

All Told waste estimates on the amount of PORK, & Handouts
in SPLOST 7 run from $68 MILLION to $80 MILLION of this SPLOST.
That is as much as 41% of this $194+MILLION SPLOST.

Vote NO on SPLOST 7 on May 20th.

Force them to resubmit it in November, without the Politics, Pork, Business Handouts and with a defined Section C list where the $50 MILLION in Engineering will be spent.

story1 05/05/14 - 08:02 am
Original intent

Splost original intent was for infrastructure on government owned buildings. Augusta is probably the only city that does not follow the rules. Vote NO on this Splost so the new Mayor and Commission can go back to work and get Splost right.

dichotomy 05/05/14 - 02:57 pm
I oppose the SPLOST because

I oppose the SPLOST because of the PRIVATE organizations including the Paine cultural center......and also the Mills project.

The only problem I have is that if the SPLOST fails and is resubmitted, all of that junk will still be in it but Hephzibah, Blythe, and South Augusta projects will lose funding and the money will end up in other places.......and you can guess where with most of the candidates pandering to East Augusta residents and telling them it's time for them to get theirs. And once most of the money is designated for East Augusta, all of our currently "against" mayoral people will be a YES vote regardless of the PRIVATE stuff.

I'm just saying. Don't be surprised what happens if it fails. I'm still voting NO but don't be surprised what happens to the south end projects on a resubmission.

bohica 05/06/14 - 12:49 am
We haven't even voted yet,

We haven't even voted yet, seems the money is already spent. Its no wonder other city governments laugh at our regressive ways, ie Columbia cty.

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