Originally created 07/19/00

Planners and zoners pull a fast one

The Augusta Planning and Zoning Commission has pulled a fast one. They granted a special exception to the city zoning ordinance in a hush-hush meeting for a 200-bed transitional center on 21 acres located just off Highway 56 (Mike Padgett Highway).

And what a coincidence; the 21 acres belong to Michael J. Padgett.

What will happen to the 832 homeowners in the immediate area? I know what will happen. The homes will depreciate and the poor homeowners won't be able to sell, should they elect to sell.

However, the property tax bills keep going up. Do you think that the Planning and Zoning Commission will call for a special exception on the property taxes, too? What do you readers think? I would say "No."

I urge all you homeowners to attend the meeting July 20 at 2 p.m. in Room 803, County Building on Greene Street. It will be a full commission meeting. Get out and voice your objections if you want to stop the "Buddy-Buddy system" and save your neighborhood.

Margo Ingram, Augusta


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