Augusta delegation agrees on coliseum panel change

Friday, March 20, 2009 10:16 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 9:10 PM
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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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RU4Real
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RU4Real 03/20/09 - 10:37 am
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What a waste! Why have a

What a waste! Why have a seperate ARCCA when now the Commission will have a majority of the appointees? Why not just make the ARC Commission the ARCCA commission? Let the County run the JBA and Bell. Eliminate the duplicity and let an existing ARC department handle the administration of the arenas. Surely, the commission and county employees could not do any worse than is currently being done.

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Little Lamb 03/20/09 - 11:19 am
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I'm with you, 4Real, but at

I'm with you, 4Real, but at least the seven-member authority MIGHT be a better structure than the current 12- or 14-member monstrosity. As far as the hotel-motel and beer tax, Joe Bowles is correct in saying once the bonds are paid off, that tax should go to the city account for the commissioners to decide where it goes. The Coliseum Authority should have no say-so.

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Brad Owens 03/20/09 - 12:05 pm
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Yawn...

Yawn...

disssman
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disssman 03/20/09 - 12:13 pm
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Wow I didn't know the

Wow I didn't know the Legaslative Delegation only represented ARC. Obviously they don't trust the local commissioners to appoint someone of character, so they will do the appointing from within their districts. I wonder if the rules will spell out that appointed members must reside in ARC? As to the Taxes in question, I thought it was a foregone conclusion the TEE center would be run using that money. BTW does a short-order cook have professional experience in food service? How about a guitar player in a band? Or better yet a clerk in a payday lending firm? Bottom line is the commission had better clearly define what is and isn't acceptable for appointment.

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