I don’t live in North Augusta on the river, but if I did I would not want a baseball stadium and convention complex in my upscale neighborhood. I certainly would not want the tax plan that has been presented.
Augusta, in its nearsightedness, failed to have the GreenJackets and Augusta build a downtown stadium at the old Georgia Golf Hall of Fame property. I think everyone would agree that a downtown stadium would bring in much-needed business and tax dollars to Augusta.
While North Augusta and Augusta twiddle their thumbs, there is an opportunity for Columbia County and Evans to take the GreenJackets away from both cities. Evans has the room for the stadium, and probably could come up with a financial plan to benefit the Jackets’ owners and Columbia County.
Augusta is the big loser if they fail to act.