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We have been handed yet another disappointment by the Aiken County school board with their 7-2 vote for Project Jackson! Last summer it was a tax increase and this summer a vote for Project Jackson.

Am I confused? Aren’t school taxes and county taxes supposed to go to support what we the taxpayers say they are for? One of the things I cannot get over is how seven board members – some are not even from North Augusta – can represent people and put their votes into a non-countywide project.

Perhaps these seven Aiken County school board members will be voted out of office to make room for some rational thinking members. It is not rational to tie up much-needed school taxes when the county cannot even keep up the school building quality. Aiken County schools need to be brought up to par, and additional schools built. This is what the Aiken County school board needs to be spending our school taxes on!

Now, the vote comes to the Aiken County Council. I trust this governmental body will realize that to build something in North Augusta means absolutely nothing to the taxpayers outside North Augusta. For this reason, a countywide referendum must be performed to give every taxpayer a voice in this irrational Project Jackson!

Timothy Monroe Bledsoe

North Augusta, S.C.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/08/13 - 07:03 am
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Guvmit Logic ain't meant to be rational thinking.
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Guvmit Logic ain't meant to be rational thinking.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/08/13 - 07:04 am
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Remember, guvmit can't be run like a bitness. Annonymus
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Remember, guvmit can't be run like a bitness. Annonymus

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Beattybugs 09/08/13 - 08:31 pm
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An Aiken county resident speaks for us all. Read & share it!

Project Jackson

As a resident of the south side of Aiken and socially active..horses, country club circuit member who plays golf, tennis, and attends church socials, etc. My husband and I and our family and and friends have yet to encounter anyone who is 'Pro; Project Jackson. Many quip "Right,If they build it "They" will come". Many reference the reasons they chose to make Aiken home and reiterate this certainly was Never included in their vision, nor retirement plans. Projects such as this are not visionary they generally line the pockets of a select special interest 'old boys club' and leave the communities high and dry. This has the potential to drive out the very residents who moved here to invest in the community and preserve what Aiken represents. If we wanted to live in an industrial blighted community.. we would have moved to Detroit. North Augusta, will not benefit, instead both AIKEN and NA will decline, as will the quality of life. If it were to contribute anything to the region it will be as welcome as traffic congestion, widening roads and perennial garbage gardens along with noise. The tax payers aren't going to foot this bill? Who is kidding who ? It's a plan of projections and "If's" and will bring down the area as we ultimately look out and notice the North Augusta area.. resembling downtown Augusta and it's rows of abandoned properties, empty sidewalks and yes it is blighted and destitute and depressing. This project if passed will be a black eye to the region.. and the community and not one soon to heal. The consequences and long term negative impact is where attention needs to be directed. SRS is laying off how many and who exactly is going to pay to attend this venue? Our family and friends have yet to attend any event at James Brown Arena that was packed. A prospective success for whom exactly? And who are "They" that will come? This is a preliminary pocket liner and that is the one sure thing. It has nothing to do with education but everything to do with greed.

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Little Lamb 09/08/13 - 08:42 pm
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Excellent analysis,

Beattybugs.

Government does not need to burden taxpayers to build ballparks for minor league baseball teams. Governments should tell the teams that they (the governments) stand ready to provide water, sewer, and law enforcement protection. But the ball teams themselves should provide the venues for the ball games.

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mosovich 09/08/13 - 08:45 pm
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Nail on the head...

Here's my question.. What will they do with Lake Olmstead stadium? It's a great facility that I've honestly never seen filled up.. What makes the board members think they will fill a stadium in N. Augusta? I like Beattybugs haven't met anyone that supports Project Jackson, or Project Mess up North Augusta as it should be called..

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t3bledsoe 09/09/13 - 06:35 am
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THANK-YOU VERY MUCH

This is Tim Bledsoe, the writer of this LTE. I just want to thank you'll for your positive comments!!

Please consider coming to Aiken Tech. on Tues. @ 6 PM in the 700 building for the public input meeting. We must fight this thing!!!!

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Beattybugs 09/09/13 - 08:06 am
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Aiken county residents read this letter to ACCouncilmembers

Steve Donohue, President, River Club HOA

More egregious than the backing of our tax dollars for this project, Aiken County Council is sending a message to all Economic Developers that Aiken County is now open for TIF business. From what we have observed, all it takes is a little pressure from the City Mayor, Administrator and Chamber of Commerce to make an earnest plea without a vote or consideration for Aiken County residents' opinion.

Why would the County Council consider a partnership of this nature with other government agencies (city, school board, county council) backed by local Chamber of Commerce and private partners to stand up against the residents of Aiken County to build a BIGGER governmentt body?

Do the voters of Aiken County agree that local government partnering together (school board, county council, City of North Augusta) in a collation thru Intergovernmental agreements - MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) without direct input from the public is in the best interest of the public???

Before diving head first into Mr. Schoen’s Field of Dreams, Augusta Georgia asked their citizens if they would support this (government using tax dollars to build a stadium). Augusta said no through a straw poll and the leadership of Richmond County listened.

Will Aiken County give their citizens a chance to vote instead of listening to the rhetoric offered by the City of North Augusta and the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce who is more than eager to give away our hard earned tax dollars?

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