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Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

Growth and traffic concerns dominate District 3 debate

The topics of traffic, growth and the future of Columbia County dominated discussion among the five men vying to become the county's next District 3 commissioner at a debate Wednesday night in Evans.
By Steve Crawford

Monday, March 16, 2015

Education sales tax to get vote

If approved, the education special purpose local option sales tax (ESPLOST) referendum will renew collection of the tax starting in 2017.
By Steve Crawford

Light voter turnout expected

Turnout will be key, but likely still very low in today's special election to fill an unexpired District 7 term on the Augusta commission.
By Susan McCord

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

District 7 commission candidates lack legal baggage

A search of civil and criminal court and other records found little to concern voters about the three men seeking to complete Don­nie Smith's District 7 Augusta Commission term.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Frantom says he'll seek District 7 commission post

Sean Frantom told The Augusta Chronicle he is entering the race to replace resigned District 7 Augusta commissioner Donnie Smith.

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Deal, Perdue visit Augusta during state tour

Georgia gubernatorial incumbent Nathan Deal's and U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue's met supporters during a campaign stop at Daniel Field.
By Sean Gruber

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mayor-elect Davis shares plans for Augusta

Mayor-elect Hardie Davis on Tuesday gave south Augusta residents a taste of his mayoral term that begins in January.
By Susan McCord

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Voters reject SPLOST package

Augusta voters narrowly rejected a $194.3 million sales tax package, just the second of its kind to fail since the city's first special purpose local option sales tax in 1988.
By Meg Mirshak

Sleeper, Baker retain school board seats

Two Columbia County School Board incumbents retained their seats for another term.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

SPLOST question

A: If a sales tax referendum doesn't pass, Georgia counties must wait one year before returning a tax package to a ballot.
By Susan McCord

Monday, May 5, 2014

Sales Tax Question: Why are sales tax funds allocated for project administration?

A: Georgia laws governing the imposition of sales taxes allow the local government to reimburse itself for actual costs associated with the sales-tax-funded projects.
By Susan McCord

Prayer continues at Augusta Commission meetings

The Augusta Commission opens its meetings with a mostly Christian religious invocation, although the city adjusted for the mayor's prayer breakfast after a 2012 legal challenge.
By Susan McCord

Sunday, May 4, 2014

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

The Recreation, Parks and Facilities plans to adhere to the 28 sales-tax-funded projects included in the package Augusta commissioners approved in February as collections allow.
By Susan McCord

Moore: Quiet needed on campaign trail

Candidates are losing my vote with their abuse of the English languge.
By Glynn Moore

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Chronicle poll shows Davis leading mayor's race

Thirty-six percent of voters polled by the Atlanta polling firm InsiderAdvantage said they plan to vote for the state senator in the May 20 election.
By Susan McCord

SPLOST question: Can 1 percent sales tax funds be used to pay people's salaries?

Yes. While Georgia law prohibits using sales taxes to pay for maintenance and operations of government facilities, it makes an exception for roads, streets, bridges and drainage work.
By Susan McCord

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

City files motion to dismiss ACLU suit

Attorneys for Augusta filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss a federal lawsuit seeking to move May 20 mayor and commission elections to a later date.
By Susan McCord

536 have voted early, but more chances exist ahead of May 20 elections

A predictor of election day turnout, 360 people have voted early and 176 have mailed absentee ballots so far in the May 20 general primary and local nonpartisan election.
By Susan McCord

Monday, April 28, 2014

SPLOST question: What sales tax 7 projects will be funded first?

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