Early voting continues on Augusta SPLOST issues

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 8:25 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 12:21 AM
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Early voting continues for the June 16 special election, which is a one-issue referendum on the proposed $184.7 million special-purpose sales tax package.

Travis Doss, assistant director for the Board of Elections, said this morning participation has been "about normal" in recent weeks -- around 20 voters per day.

Voting officials have predicted about a 15 percent participation rate in SPLOST vote.

WHEN TO VOTE: Polls will be open at the Board of Elections office at the Municipal Building, 530 Greene St., Room 104, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 5.

During advance voting week, June 8-12, polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building office, the Henry Brigham Recreation Center at 2463 Golden Camp Road and the Warren Road Recreation Center at 300 Warren Road.

BREAKDOWN: Of the money to be raised by extending the 1-cent sales tax, 67 percent would go toward infrastructure. The sales tax list also includes:

- $18 million for Municipal Building renovations

- $17 million to replace police vehicles and fire trucks

- $10.9 million for parks and recreation

- $10 million to pay off debt from money fronted to Medical College of Georgia to buy Gilbert Manor public housing project

- $5.7 million for Hephzibah and Blythe

- $5.1 million toward the Augusta Symphony's restoration of the Miller Theatre

- $4 million to dredge Lake Olmstead

- $3.5 million to create a lake near Regency Mall, part of a strategy to spur redevelopment there

- $2.5 million for Paine College's Health Education Activities Learning Complex

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Big_vike 05/26/09 - 02:18 pm
Vote early, vote often. Vote

Vote early, vote often. Vote no! until they learn to spend the money we gave them already on the projects we approved. Times are too tough to be throwing money at private entities, and on useless lakes.

cablenewsjunkie 05/26/09 - 09:14 pm
What a colossal waste of

What a colossal waste of money.

--Renovating a municipal building at the beginning of a Depression?

--Replacing police vehicles and fire trucks when the city won't be able to afford to keep them on patrol in a couple of years?

--Parks and recreation? We don't have enough already?




floatie 05/26/09 - 11:57 pm
When I lived in Augusta in

When I lived in Augusta in 1988 the SPLOST was on the ballot and I stated "Once any tax is started it never goes away"... Given that the SPLOST is now celebrating it's 20the year, I must ask this: Do you feel that you are getting your money's worth out of it, or is the subsidizing of the "Augusta Mini Theatre" leaving a bad taste in your mouth?

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