Augusta delegation agrees on coliseum panel change

ATLANTA -- The members of the Augusta legislative delegation came to agreement on a restructuring of the Augusta Coliseum Authority board this morning.

Also, the local lawmakers decided now was not the time to consider pay-raise requests for the marshal and coroner. And they put off acting on a request by Commissioner Jerry Brigham to adjust the schedule for the organizing of the commission, including election of its officers and assignment of committees.

The Coliseum Authority has been the subject of discussion among the legislators since last year when a bill to restructure the board passed the House but died in the Senate.

Thursday, the delegation agreed to replace the entire board with a seven-member panel, three appointed by each of the “super-district” commissioners and one by the delegation. The board members would have to have a professional background in management, finance, food service, entertainment or marketing, and they could be removed by a vote of seven commissioners or a majority of the delegation.

Tabled was a request by the current authority for legislation guaranteeing its current share of the hotel-motel tax and the local beer tax.

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