Commissioners are no good with money

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What's wrong with this picture? In a recent article published in The Augusta Chronicle "Stormwater funds coming up short," Nov. 30), it was reported the Columbia County Board of Commissioners held their annual retreat at Lake Oconee instead of Atlanta.

Annual retreat? What's with that?

Chairman Ron Cross stated that he was depressed and surprised to know that the county is $94 million short of the $100 million to comply with county stormwater regulations

Surprised? Are Mr. Cross and the commissioners unable to govern? Mr. Cross stated the commission would have "some tough decisions about how to handle that."

First of all, why is the commission spending taxpayers' money on a retreat when there are ample facilities to conduct a meeting right here in the county? Try the Evans Government Complex. Second, if the county is desperate for stormwater funds, why do only part of the landowners in the county pay the stormwater fee, or "rain tax" as most prefer to call it? It seems that if the fee had been fairly dumped on the citizens of the county when it was conceived, there would be more money in the pot.

The article stated that most of the stormwater problems are in the Martinez area. Does Mr. Cross expect only the residents of Martinez to cough up the $94 million? And please, let's not go with the Wildwood Park thing again. More than $1 million dollars was spent there for boat ramps that didn't work, and more money was spent on extending the ramps that didn't work. They should have consulted the Army Corps of Engineers. Now Mr. Cross wants to spend nonexistent money to build a lodge.

He and the other commissioners then could retreat from their homes in the county to the lodge -- in the county -- and figure out how to gouge funds from citizens to pay for it. Give us a break!

Joe Sellars, Martinez

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aw8ngjustice
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aw8ngjustice 12/24/07 - 02:30 am
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Why not use that beautiful

Why not use that beautiful new library for a retreat? I noticed they were holding Spanish classes for sheriff's deputies there. And they could also retreat to Westlake's clubhouse since it's used for elegant parties. I'm sure Ron could get it for free.

a crazy old man
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a crazy old man 12/24/07 - 08:24 am
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"Stormwater funds coming up

"Stormwater funds coming up short," because we're in the middle of a record drought.

justus4
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justus4 12/24/07 - 08:26 am
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The article asks the
Unpublished

The article asks the question: "Why the commission is spending taxpayer money on a retreat?" Well, thats the capitalist way. Because they have the authority to make that decision and the public really can't stop it. Its one of the perks associated with being an elected officials. Nothing new there...

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Riverman1 12/24/07 - 08:29 am
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The next time they are having

The next time they are having a retreat at a resort somewhere, we should all show up and tell them we want to participate as citizens of Columbia County. They should pay the bill for any Columbia County citizen concerned enough to make the trip.

a crazy old man
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a crazy old man 12/24/07 - 09:27 am
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DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 12/24/07 - 09:44 am
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You think that was bad, rumor

You think that was bad, rumor has it that our commissioners here in Augusta helped themselves to an Hawaii retreat last year to find ways to bring in new business and make tourists come to Augusta. It failed 100%, and we still got stuck with the bill. Now, two were elected off and two more will be elected off come February. I will be voting for my district and my vote will send a clear message, Marion Williams- you are FIRED!

EdithPiaf
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EdithPiaf 12/24/07 - 10:17 am
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And one of those

And one of those commissioners took some of their family to Hawaii with them on that "business trip".

dani
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dani 12/24/07 - 12:32 pm
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a crazy..I don't own a gun.

a crazy..I don't own a gun. My husband was shot and killed with a rifle several years ago when he stepped in to stop a man at his job from hitting his wife. I didn't own one before nor have I owned one since.
But, I think you have the right to own one if you you wish (and if you aren't a convicted felon, insane, etc.)

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/21/08 - 12:18 pm
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dani, that's awful. I'm

dani, that's awful. I'm sorry for your loss.

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