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Q: If the sales tax package passes, do taxes get raised?

A: No.

The city has been collecting a 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax since 1988 after voters approved the first phase in August 1987.

The city is currently collecting the tax through SPLOST V -- a $160 million package of projects. The tax is the seventh penny of local sales taxes -- four are for the state, one is for Richmond County schools' special purpose tax and another is the local option sales tax (levied by the state and returned to counties to keep property taxes down).

If SPLOST VI passes Tuesday, the city will collect that seventh penny without a break. SPLOST V will go on until the end of the fiscal quarter after collections hit $160 million, which is projected to happen on Sept. 30, 2010.

If a tax referendum has passed by then, the next round of collections will pick up Oct. 1, 2010, and continue until $184.7 million is reached, projected to occur around September 2015.

Q: Does the tax have any impact on property taxes?

A: Yes. Assuming the projects on the list have to be done, the penny tax keeps property taxes down.

Under Georgia law, the tax can be levied to fund construction and improvements to roads, bridges, drainage systems, public buildings and debt service. (The package before voters includes $10 million to recover the money given to Medical College of Georgia to buy Gilbert Manor housing project.) It can also be used for cultural facilities, allowing such things as Miller Theatre renovations and Paine College's planned Health Education Activities Learning Complex to be funded.

Without the tax, most of the projects, particularly those infrastructure-related, would still have to be paid for, likely through property taxes. SPLOST negates that and allows projects to be undertaken faster.

Once a referendum passes, the city usually issues bonds, with collections as collateral, to get started on the most urgent projects. City Administrator Fred Russell has said that after SPLOST VI passes, he wants to issue a $52.5 million general obligation bond to pay off the Gilbert Manor debt and get started on airport projects, the sheriff's administration building, the new jail pods and Municipal Building improvements.

Here's another way to put the SPLOST/property taxes relationship in perspective: The city collects about $50 million a year in property taxes and about $37 million a year from SPLOST. Though state law won't allow it, theoretically if the sales tax were raised about a penny and a half more, it would do away with the need for property taxes. And were it raised about 2.25 cents more, it could do away with school taxes, which total about $80 million per year.

Q: What will happen if voters don't pass the tax package?

A: City Administrator Fred Russell and Augusta commissioners will have to try again, and under state law they have to wait a year to put another referendum before voters. The next opportunity would be July 20, 2010, the date of statewide primaries.

Q: How much is being spent to hold this referendum, and how much will it cost taxpayers to hold another one if the tax package fails this time?

A: The single-issue referendum Tuesday is costing the city $83,290. Commissioner Joe Bowles had argued that this money could be saved by adding it to the ballot in November, when elections are taking place anyway. However, Mr. Russell successfully argued that if the tax failed in November of this year, another referendum would have to wait until November 2010, leading to a lapse in collections that would cost millions. (That happened after a $486 million package failed in 2004 -- the city's first attempt to pass SPLOST V -- leading to three months without collections in 2005 that cost the city $9 million.)

If the package fails and another referendum goes to voters in July 2010, it won't cost the city anything extra. Primaries on that date are expected to cost $90,000 to $95,000, but that money will be spent regardless of a tax vote.

Q: What happens if the tax fails two years in a row and is allowed to expire?

A: In that scenario, on Oct. 1, 2010, the city's sales tax would roll back to 6 cents and would stay that way until the city came up with a tax package voters like. So while passing SPLOST VI won't raise sales taxes, rejecting it two years in a row could lower them.

Q: Why is the tax considered a fair tax by proponents?

A: To supporters, such as the downtown advocates conducting a "yes to SPLOST" campaign, it greatly improves the community's quality of life, funding parks, road projects and theaters without raising property taxes. It's been used in the past to fund such amenities as the Augusta Aquatics Center, the Augusta Common and the new main library. Such projects can get done faster than they would if the city had to wait years to put the money together through taxes, not to mention that the city has a tax cap and can only collect so much.

Plus, as in the Fair Tax concept, it's a tax based on spending, and an estimated 40 percent of the money comes from visitors rather than residents.

Q: Why is the tax considered unfair by opponents?

A: To anti-SPLOST factions such as the Libertarian Party of the CSRA, it is just one more unnecessary tax. Were the government to vastly reduce spending, they say, there would be no need for an extra sales tax penny, and property taxes could be reduced. Local Libertarian Party member Rocky Eades contends that the tax packages are merely grab bags of pork projects, among them the Golf and Gardens mega-flop, which needed far more than the $6 million it received in SPLOST dollars to stay afloat. Mr. Eades also said it's unfair to tax one set of people -- be they residents or visitors -- for parks, buildings or roads they might not use.

SPLOST VI has also been criticized for not doing enough to address the city's pothole-laden roads. The first draft of it had $235.5 million for engineering (roadwork, drainage improvements and such) and $30.7 million for traffic engineering. The final list has just $35.7 million for engineering and $8.6 million for traffic engineering. The plan to spend $3.5 million creating a lake near Regency Mall, an effort to spur revitalization, has also been criticized.

Q: How does the TEE center factor into this tax package?

A: As far as dollars and cents, it doesn't factor at all, because the downtown trade, exhibit and event center isn't on the list of projects. But it factors in greatly in terms of perception. The argument could be made that the center's stalled status shows Augusta's government might not be capable of delivering what voters approve, and that the money voters approve for projects aren't always enough to get them done, putting taxpayers on the hook to spend even more.

The TEE center was approved for $20 million by voters as part of SPLOST V. It's since become a political football among Augusta commissioners. It took the board nearly two years to approve a site on Reynolds Street and an operating agreement with Augusta Riverfront LLC. Since then, the estimated cost of the TEE center has swelled to $38 million, as an architect complained that building it for $20 million would be impossible. Mr. Russell put a plan together to fund construction through bonds and various nonproperty tax revenue streams, but the commission is deadlocked along racial lines on whether to approve it. Mr. Russell has been given approval to take some steps toward building the TEE center -- such as having schematic designs drafted -- but white commissioners remain skeptical that he'll get the go-ahead to raise the needed funding.

The controversy has led Mr. Bowles to speak out against the new tax package, saying the TEE center problems demonstrate government ineffectiveness and that taxpayers should be spared that seventh penny on purchases.

Q: What is the connection between the referendum and Laney-Walker/Bethlehem revitalization efforts?

A: Again, nothing on paper, but much in perception.

The tax package includes no allocations for inner-city revitalization. However, in an effort to garner a sixth vote to approve the TEE center's site and operating agreement in 2007, Commissioner Don Grantham made a deal with Commissioner Betty Beard to fund redevelopment of blighted neighborhoods using a $1-a-night hotel fee. Projected to collect $1.1 million per year, the first $350,000 of annual bed fee collections would go toward TEE center operations, the next $750,000 toward the inner city and the rest to Augusta Public Transit.

Add up $38 million to build the TEE center, $17 million for a parking deck, $37.5 million in hotel fees to the TEE center over 50 years, plus $17.5 million in TEE center operation fees over 50 years (which would actually be less as the center became self-sustaining), and the total comes to $110 million -- all stemming from something voters approved for $20 million.

Q: How does the proposed downtown baseball stadium factor into the tax package?

A: Not a bit, other than that Mayor Deke Copenhaver wants to build it on the Golf and Gardens property, and the gardens ate up $6 million in SPLOST money. There's nothing in SPLOST VI related to the stadium concept.

Voters will weigh in Tuesday on whether to extend Augusta's 1-cent special purpose sales tax. Here's an overview of the projects the tax's continuation would fund.

Sunday and Monday, check back for more information about projects, answers to 10 pressing questions and a look at how previous SPLOST money has been spent.

SALES TAX PROJECT BREAKDOWN

Of the money to be raised by extending the 1-cent sales tax, 67 percent would go toward infrastructure. The sales tax list also includes:

- $18 million for Municipal Building renovations

- $17 million to replace police vehicles and fire trucks

- $10.9 million for parks and recreation

- $10 million to pay off debt from money fronted to the Medical College of Georgia to buy Gilbert Manor public housing project

- $5.7 million for Hephzibah and Blythe

- $5.1 million toward the Augusta Symphony's restoration of the Miller Theatre

- $4 million to dredge Lake Olmstead

- $3.5 million to create a lake near Regency Mall, part of a strategy to spur redevelopment there

- $2.5 million for Paine College's Health Education Activities Learning Complex

SPLOST package grand total: $184,724,000


Infrastructure projects ($124,055,000)

Airports
Augusta Regional Airport Eastside Access Economic Development Program - Element 1 8,500,000
Daniel Field Airport Airport Terminal Renovation 2,000,000
Total:
$10,500,000
"Augusta projects"
Webster Detention Center
18,000,000
Sheriff Administration Building
6,000,000
Total:
$24,000,000
Fire department
Training Center Infrastructure
2,000,000
Total:
$2,000,000
Engineering
Traffic Sign Upgrade Program
300,000
Lake Olmstead Dredging
4,000,000
Martin Luther King Drive
1,250,000
Garden City Beautification Initiative
500,000
Rocky Creek Drainage Plan / Regency Mall
3,500,000
East Augusta Street & drainage improvement
$4 million
Marvin Griffin
$4 million
Storm water utility implementation program
$3.5 million
Dover-Lyman Street & drainage improvement
$2 million
Hyde Park Street & drainage improvement
$2 million
Woodbine Road improvement
$1.5 million
Berckmans Road over Raes Creek
$1 million
Marks Church Road over Raes Creek
$1 million
North Leg over CSX Railroad
$1 million
Old Waynesboro Road over Spirit Creek
$1 million
On-call emergency construction services
$1 million
Scotts Way over Raes Creek
$1 million
7th Street over Augusta Canal
$1 million
Old McDuffie Road
$840,000
Westside Drive drainage improvement
$600,000
Berckmans Road realignment
$500,000
On-call emergency design services
$135,000
On-call emergency appraisal services
$50,000
Total:
$35,675,000
Library
Maxwell Branch Library
900,000
Friedman Branch Library
600,000
Total:
$1,500,000
Augusta-Richmond County authorities
Downtown Development Authority
1,200,000
Development Authority of Richmond County
1,200,000
Augusta Canal Authority
4,170,000
Total:
$6,570,000
Public Services
Public Services Municipal Building Renovations 18,000,000
Public Services Grading and Drainage 4,500,000
Public Services Green Space - CSR Land Trust 500,000
Public Services Suburban Forces-Resurfacing 3,000,000
Public Services Tree Removal, Pruning and Replacement 1,000,000
Public Services Sidewalks-Rehab-Replacement 1,000,000
Public Services Curb Cuts and Sidewalks 500,000
Public Services Resurfacing - Contracts 3,000,000
Public Services General Bridge Rehab and Maintenance 3,000,000
Total:
$34,500,000
Traffic engineering
I-20 Eastbound/Riverwatch Ramp
1,100,000
Walton Way Signal Phase 2 and Streetlight Upgrade
800,000
Gordon Highway Lighting Upgrade
1,500,000
Reynolds Street Signal Improvements
575,000
Signal Upgrades
1,250,000
15th Street Pedestrian Improvements
800,000
Intersection Safety and Operational Initiative
2,550,000
Total:
8,575,000
Transit
South Augusta Transit Center
190,000
Renovation Augusta Public Transit Facilities
125,000
Transit Vehicle Purchase
420,000
Total:
$735,000
Infrastructure Total:
$124,055,000

Non-infrastructure ($60,669,000)

"Augusta projects"
MCG-Gilbert Manor Debt
10,000,000
Project Management
2,000,000
Total:
$12,000,000
Fire department
Emergency Fleet Replacement
9,500,000
Total:
$9,500,000
Fleet
Public Safety Vehicles
7,500,000
Total:
$7,500,000
Library
New Headquarters Library
1,000,000
Total:
$1,000,000
Outside agencies
Historic Augusta, Inc. Wilson & Lamar Historic Sites 125,000
The Augusta Symphony The Augusta Theatre District Project 5,283,600
The Augusta Symphony Augusta Mini Theatre 716,400
Pendleton King Park Foundation Pendleton King Park Connectivity Improvements 200,000
Delta House Inc. Lucy Laney Craft Museum of Black History 600,000
Augusta Museum of History Augusta Museum of History 600,000
Jessye Norman School of Arts Handicap Access Project 95,000
Imperial Theatre Theatre Improvements 1,000,000
Boys and Girls Club E.W. Hagler Club Renovations 500,000
Augusta Urban Ministries Roof Replacement 175,000
Paine College Health Education Activates Learning Complex 2,500,000
Golden Harvest Food Bank New Building 250,000
Total:
$12,045,000
Recreation
Capital Equipment
150,000
Existing Structural Improvement Fund
950,000
Augusta Common
100,000
Dyess Park
800,000
Lake Olmstead
600,000
May Park
150,000
Old Government House
200,000
The Boathouse
450,000
Elliott Park
100,000
Fleming Park
250,000
Fleming Tennis Center
600,000
Augusta Soccer Complex
150,000
Diamond Lakes Regional
1,350,000
McDuffie Woods
200,000
Augusta Golf Course
300,000
H. H. Brigham
250,000
Valley Park
250,000
Wood Park
50,000
Butler Creek & Hwy 56
500,000
Brookfield
100,000
Eisenhower
100,000
Warren Road
150,000
Blythe Community
500,000
Jamestown Community
200,000
Augusta Marinas
50,000
Lake Olmstead Stadium
100,000
4-H Camp
50,000
Community Wide Tennis Court Resurfacing
150,000
Community Wide Swimming Pool Renovations
900,000
Recreation Planning - Master Plan
200,000
Administration
1,000,000
Total:
$10,900,000
Intergovernmental allocations
City of Hephzibah
4,424,000
City of Blythe
1,300,000
Total:
$5,724,000
Information technology
Network Assessment Remediation
250,000
Redundant Fiber Ring
250,000
Digital Orthophotography
500,000
Software Application Consolidation
1,000,000
Total:
$2,000,000
Non-infrastructure Total:
$60,669,000

Note: Numbers might not add up exactly because of rounding

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 06/14/09 - 02:16 am
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Vote NO to splost- stop
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Vote NO to splost- stop wasteful spending on the local government part and drive home a point, that the taxpayers are tired of taxes being raised every year. The proponents say your
property taxes will go up if not passed. I don't know about anybody else but mine goes up every year anyawy, so one is to assume that will not change and I have not seen anyone say
our property tax will not go up if this splost passes. Your taxes
on property will continue to rise irregardless. Vote NO to splost.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 06/14/09 - 05:02 am
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Vote NO, just more waste..

Vote NO, just more waste..

jasonpilgrim
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jasonpilgrim 06/14/09 - 05:42 am
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All theses projects look nice

All theses projects look nice on paper, however city officials have proven that even when our vote approves these projects they have the power to just decide not to go through with whenever they want. Voting no reminds them that the people still have the power in this city.

joekm46
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joekm46 06/14/09 - 05:56 am
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dickworth1 your right on

dickworth1 your right on target property tax's will increase even after they sit here and lie to us that splot will keep property tax's from increasing. I'm voting no and I hope the majority of property owners and registered voters will do the same. We don't need more tax's to help this city's or country's mess, we need to stop wasteful spending by our elected officials. Vote no send out a message, we are tired of being told big fat lies!

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 06/14/09 - 06:24 am
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There's got to be a better

There's got to be a better way to send a message than voting no to splost. Aren't we biting our nose off to spite our face? Shouldn't we vote out the officials who do not do their job? I believe that all county citizens and people who come here to do business should pay a tax...not just the homeowners. I hear what you are saying about being lied to by officials and wasted money but there's got to be a better way than to cut sales tax. Convince me...really convince me to vote no. How else can we hold our elected officials responsible? Will voting no really accomplish that? During these difficult economic times, deliberately cutting a way for city to collect revenues seems nuts.

Tots
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Tots 06/14/09 - 06:27 am
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Thank God their is some

Thank God their is some people on here who really get it. I llike the way their trying to put the pig in a suit and make it look good.STILL STINKS-VOTE NO.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 06/14/09 - 06:39 am
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Some of these projects that

Some of these projects that were proposed are ridiculous. This T center is baloney. What buddy did someone hire to propose that polka dot elephant! I don't believe we need a stadium. We need jobs. Real jobs. Business as usual in Augusta needs to come to an end. We need a redevelopment authority formed to revitalize the inner city and bulldoze slum properties. We need all delinquent taxes to be collected. And, we need to stop voting our buddies to commission seats and get some real professionals who know how to run Augusta rather than just run their mouth!

jgdarling
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jgdarling 06/14/09 - 07:02 am
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Vote YES. Keeps property

Vote YES. Keeps property taxes down and is paid in a large part by folks from outside Richmond County.

Tots
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Tots 06/14/09 - 07:12 am
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Vote NO this time show the

Vote NO this time show the commissoners we are tired of their wasteing our money on stupid projeects.They will still bring the splost bill up again JULY 20 2010. So if by then they get their act together you can change your mind then.But vote no now and when you get a chanch vote out most of your commissioners.Like the ones who keep pushing for the ball stadium,3.5M-lake at Regency Mall,the Beard redevelopment and personal use,the buying of Gilbert Manor and giveing it to MCG 10million still dont get that one.Guess we have to keep the illegals working with our tax paying money.Sorry got off track.Augusta Sympony5.1M- omg)and Paine College2.5M.If you the people who pay taxes keep allowing the commissioners to do what ever they wont with your money they will.This is a start by VOTEING NO.Then vote them out.Get out vote please.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 06/14/09 - 07:14 am
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MORE taxes!There is income

MORE taxes!There is income tax,property tax,sales tax,exise tax,and on and on.After all is said and done,about 45% of my money goes to taxes.Does anyone think that is a LITTLE too much?

Tots
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Tots 06/14/09 - 07:19 am
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Chance was spelled wrong but

Chance was spelled wrong but I hope you got what I was saying.

hurlyburly11
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hurlyburly11 06/14/09 - 07:33 am
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Anyway barry's pork package

Anyway barry's pork package aught to take care of some this stuff..Right?...are we stimulated yet?

1941
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1941 06/14/09 - 08:10 am
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I will vote no!!!!

I will vote no!!!!

crackertroy
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crackertroy 06/14/09 - 09:06 am
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"Note: Numbers might not add
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"Note: Numbers might not add up exactly because of rounding" hahahahaha. What? You mean, like, a project could cost 18 MILLION more than these numbers say? hahahahaha What? Another project on the same ballot could cost 9 MILLION more than these numbers say? hahahhaha I already voted NO, NO, NO, NO!

crackertroy
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crackertroy 06/14/09 - 09:16 am
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Too bad, we need a SPLOST but
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Too bad, we need a SPLOST but not with these clowns. Vote me on the Commission next election, I'll get us an Augusta-sized version of MARTA transit. It will only cost... uh, let's see, uhhh, TWO MILLION, yeah, that's it uhh two million, I think that'll do it for the transit. Yep, two million and we'll get our transit. Wait a minute, never mind, don't vote for me, I won't be any better than what we got.

Rose
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Rose 06/14/09 - 09:41 am
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If I can't decide, I just

If I can't decide, I just won't vote. I see both sides, and am still undecided.

justanotherjake
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justanotherjake 06/14/09 - 10:11 am
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Voting NO on the SPLOST won't

Voting NO on the SPLOST won't send a message to the Augusta Commission. The only way to send a message to the Augusta Commission is to vote out those commissioners who delay progress and continue to foster the fear mongering and racism of old. If the citizens of Augusta really want to change, change the commissioners and change the role of the mayor. That will send a message.

disssman
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disssman 06/14/09 - 10:31 am
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OK you have told how much

OK you have told how much money will be spent and the organization getting it. Now you only need to tell exactly what the millions will actually buy. Green Space CSRA land trust - 500,000 means exactly WHAT? Is that someones brother in law? Or how about New Headquarters Library - 1,000,000. Whats wrong with the current HEADQUARTERS and why is it suddenly no good? Last I looked there was plenty of space at the Diamond lakes facility. Or better yet Downtown Development Authority - 1,200,00. Is this to pay for the ongoing illegal staff or are we getting ready to pick up the tab for the ambassadors of trash for the downtown. Same for the Development Authority of Richmond County at - 1,200,000. I don't see a lot of this as infrastructure, rather as gifts to prominent people.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 06/14/09 - 11:03 am
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Ok, guess I'll vote no. Y'all

Ok, guess I'll vote no. Y'all have convinced me. I guess Betty will have to fix or demolish property that she owns, with her own money. C'mon folks lets clean up greedy government! Thanks!

peach66
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peach66 06/14/09 - 12:49 pm
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Whether the splost is passed

Whether the splost is passed or not , Look at what the taxpayers will be wasting money on. RC spends money and the city still looks disgusting.

Barf Obama
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Barf Obama 06/14/09 - 01:58 pm
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Vote

Vote no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Biden tells "Meet the Press" that "everyone guessed wrong" on the impact of the stimulus, economy was worse off than anyone thought.

Backs away from the estimate that the funds could create or save 3.5 million jobs, instead promises 600,000 by the end of the summer.

Barf Obama
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Barf Obama 06/14/09 - 02:09 pm
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Too much spending will get

Too much spending will get you this. Michigan counties reverting to gravel roads...

yvalentine6
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yvalentine6 06/14/09 - 02:32 pm
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dissman, that is what I was

dissman, that is what I was thinking. I need to see a breakdown of the entire budget. Also, heck no I will not give these worthless commissioners any more of my money to fund their pet projects, buy votes from poor illiterate folks, and to use to buy rings for local high schools. By the way, Paine College is private, no? Why are our taxes going to fund a new building for them? A lake at Regency Mall? 6 million to the symphony? I am voting a big NO. And please, please let's vote out all incumbents when we next get the chance.

augusta now
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augusta now 06/14/09 - 02:36 pm
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Vote YES for SPLOST to keep

Vote YES for SPLOST to keep our property taxes down. There are no federal or state dollars to help us out here! We need this fair 1 cent tax to pass!

Taylor B
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Taylor B 06/14/09 - 02:42 pm
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augusta now, our taxes are

augusta now, our taxes are too close to the cap, stop spreading lies to get this passed. How much money are you getting from this?

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 06/14/09 - 03:21 pm
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Look at how many of these

Look at how many of these projects appear to be one for the white Commissioners and one for the black Commissioners. Well, the reason for that is because there are agenda mongers that create a need for libraries and theatres and baseball stadiums and TEE centers. The black Commissioners then use those needs to craft their own SPLOST items. It is all so very elementary. They all look at the pot of gold and dream up ways to use it whether it is legitimate need or not. Why does anything need to be done at Daniel Field's terminal that costs $2 million. Why $8.5 million more for Bush Field? $2 million for the information Technology department....a redundant fiber ring??? $18 million for the prison, $6 for the Sheriff $4.27 MILLION for the Canal Authority? What do they want to do? Build another one? How can anybody vote for this ridiculous waste of money? I happen to think this recession has only begun and I would like my money to go as far as it can for me and my needs.

Barf Obama
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Barf Obama 06/14/09 - 03:29 pm
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The United States is about to

The United States is about to spend $50 million in stimulus money on fish food to help fish farmers who have been struggling since feed prices jumped 50 percent last year.
Do you think all those pennies will be spent any differently? Vote NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!One man's pennies are a comissioners wet dream.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 06/14/09 - 03:53 pm
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If you are a Richmond County

If you are a Richmond County Homeowner, the basic message from above it you had better vote yes. The commission will continue to spend no matter what and therefore, if they can't get their 7th penny on every dollar spent, they will simply raise property taxes in order to get what they want and foolishly spend our money.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 06/14/09 - 05:19 pm
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Can't. Property taxes are at

Can't. Property taxes are at the ceiling already. The County Commission used to be called the Streets and Bridges Commission back several decades ago. Technically, that is all a Commission should be doing anyway. How much of this SPLOST budget is going to repair roads and bridges......enough to make the SPLOST request look like they are taking care of their constituents. Ha!. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Barf Obama
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Barf Obama 06/14/09 - 05:33 pm
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Save your pennies, you're

Save your pennies, you're going to need them. Vote No!
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