Originally created 06/14/05

Early voting begins on bond issues



Knowing she will be unable to make it to the polls next week, Sadie Maguire took advantage of the first day of early voting Monday for Richmond County's special election.

"I think Richmond County needs to move forward in some areas, but I don't think property taxes need to continue to go up," she said of the two bond issues on the ballot. "Property owners shouldn't be carrying everything."

Sue Moore, who accompanied her to the polls, agreed.

"I can see some merits in some things, but not all of it," she said. "That's why I have to put my two cents' worth in."

The two were among about 100 people who voted Monday in what Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey called "steady" voting.

"Comparatively, it's been a virtual rush," Mrs. Bailey said, adding that two voters were waiting for the doors to open when election officials arrived Monday morning.

She expects an "extremely light" turnout for the election to consider general obligation bonds. One bond would fund a general purpose sports and entertainment complex, and the second a judicial center and jail additions. The ballot also includes a referendum on redevelopment powers.

The $100 million bond for the judicial center and jail additions would raise property taxes on a $100,000 house in Richmond County by $70 a year. The $60 million bond for the sports and entertainment complex would raise taxes on that house $42 a year.

Early voting will continue through 5 p.m. Friday. Regular voting for the special election will be June 21.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

Where to Vote

Early voting is held in the Richmond County Board of Elections office, Room 104, 530 Greene St.