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The latest discussions about Augusta’s tax increase have not addressed the rampant waste of money by the Augusta Commission.

There was $25,000 spent on a search for a new city administrator. I assume that this number is only for the search firm, and all costs for travel for interviews should be added. There’s the lawsuit the city lost ($30,000-plus) as a result of the commissioners overriding the need to rebid health care management.

There are daily reports of waste by the commission for useless nonsense ideas and random thoughts that come in the middle of the night. Now some commissioners want to spend money on an evaluation of removing the elevated part of the Calhoun Expressway; take over the maintenance of Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road landscaping when the rest of the city needs landscape maintenance; improve the James Brown statue on Broad Street with lights and elevated steps; and launch numerous other studies that waste our money.

When will these arrogant individuals come to realize that their egos need to be brought under control, and they should start acting like the adults they claim to be? Taxes are necessary, but use the money wisely. Don’t waste our money on egotistical ideas that are neither needed nor desired. As has been stated, they work for us, and they can and should be replaced if they consistently waste our hard-earned money.

Richard J. Stuhler

Augusta

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corgimom
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corgimom 08/28/14 - 10:36 pm
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Some of the things that they

Some of the things that they propose are just preposterous, and you think, "And then they spend all that money trying to get businesses to locate here, when they act like birdbrained fools?"

deestafford
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deestafford 08/28/14 - 10:39 pm
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Richard, Just wait....

Richard, Just wait. One day we will look back on these as the good old days and say, "Remember 2014 and before when Richmond Country was efficiently run?"

hoptoad
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hoptoad 08/29/14 - 12:07 am
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Maybe these wastrels think if

Maybe these wastrels think if they make things pretty and put up new buildings it will draw people and businesses to Augusta. All they need to do is keep Augusta clean, vacant buildings razed or renovated at owner expense, keep crime in control, make sure all the bills are paid and there's money in the bank for emergencies.

But, like I said before, these guys are going to have Augusta looking like Detroit soon enough.

Do politicians automatically lose brain matter when they are elected.

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RMSHEFF 08/29/14 - 12:53 am
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Any fool can come up with a

Any fool can come up with a thousand ways to spend money but a good leader finds ways to save money while getting things done. We will have plenty to write about with this bunch in office. I am glad I am on the outside looking in and will not suffer under their leadership.

deestafford
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deestafford 08/29/14 - 08:27 am
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I know what....

I know what. If we want to dress up that corridor on Dean's Bridge Road leading into Augusta, why don't we hire some of those Hollywood set designers to build some of those facades they build for movies that look real and impressive from the front but there is nothing behind them?

Then people driving in from the South would drive through there and say, "Ooooh, Awwww. Look how beautiful this gateway to Augusta is. I'm glad Augusta is our destination this weekend."

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dichotomy 08/29/14 - 10:21 am
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"As has been stated, they

"As has been stated, they work for us, and they can and should be replaced if they consistently waste our hard-earned money."

No, that's not the way it is now. They lie to us to get elected and then take our money and give us nothing for it except failed projects with runaway costs and poor services which they charge us extra fees to get. They don't work for us....they are the enemy and should be treated like any other thief or con artist. Lying, pompous, asinine, flim-flam artists. That is all they are. Just another group of useless Democrats who think they are more entitled to spend YOUR money than you are.

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