Resolution to raise sales tax by a penny approved unanimously

Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 1:45 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 11:35 PM
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The Augusta Commission's Administrative Services committee voted unanimously today to approve a resolution regarding the enactment of an eighth-penny Municipal Option Sales Tax, or MOST.

The resolution will go before the full commission on Dec. 1.

If approved, it would ask the city's legislative delegation to pave the way for a MOST in Augusta, which would raise the city's sales tax from 7 to 8 percent. The issue would then go before voters in a July referendum.

The new tax would generate an estimated $30 to $35 million per year for the city, aiding the sheriff's office, the fire department, the marshal's office, the 911 center, Augusta Public Transit and the Richmond County Prison, among other things.

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Opinionated one1
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Opinionated one1 11/23/09 - 01:52 pm
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Typical action by a bunch

Typical action by a bunch oiots on the commission that do not pay t hier own taxes in a timely manner.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 11/23/09 - 01:53 pm
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and the death spiral

and the death spiral continues..............

happychimer
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happychimer 11/23/09 - 02:00 pm
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They need more money for

They need more money for studies.

Fish Out of Water
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Fish Out of Water 11/23/09 - 02:02 pm
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Seems like they're trying to

Seems like they're trying to gradually push the "fair" tax on us.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/23/09 - 02:10 pm
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tax'em, tax'em, tax'em...go

tax'em, tax'em, tax'em...go commissioners go...tax'em in one form of another until there is nothing left to get....sic'em fred. hey joe, being a republican i would think you would be against additional taxes...but i guess not it looks like you are beginning to look like a RINO...1st supporting the gov'ts footing the bill for the TEE CENTER, now supporting a TAX INCREASE...gee what would your GOD maja rushie say??????

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Dixieman 11/23/09 - 02:10 pm
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Watch the shoppers get in

Watch the shoppers get in their cars and drive to Evans...

WMartin
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WMartin 11/23/09 - 03:01 pm
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As for me and my house, we

As for me and my house, we will shop in Columbia county.

imho1
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imho1 11/23/09 - 03:08 pm
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In Other News: North Augusta

In Other News: North Augusta and Columbia County retailers brace for expected surge in business from Richmond County residents.

saintlover
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saintlover 11/23/09 - 03:10 pm
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OK everyone, across the river

OK everyone, across the river to SC to shop!!!

gargoyle
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gargoyle 11/23/09 - 03:11 pm
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"aiding the sheriff's office,

"aiding the sheriff's office, the fire department, the marshal's office, the 911 center, Augusta Public Transit and the Richmond County Prison, among other things."The other things more than any were in peril and needed funding ... Why not a even 10% so the wheels of city goverment can be supported in means they want to be accustomed to .
Awh Shucks, why don't we throw in a few mills of property tax, that way we can send our elected and civic servents to Vegas instead of the low rent vacation in Texas they took this year

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walrus4ever 11/23/09 - 03:17 pm
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All the big ticket retailers

All the big ticket retailers will be in CC in five years. The only folks left in RC will be in the line for the free turkey.

tlnvols1
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tlnvols1 11/23/09 - 03:39 pm
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Shop in CC & NA

Shop in CC & NA

JerryAtrick
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JerryAtrick 11/23/09 - 03:43 pm
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walrus - LOL! Bingo! Or in

walrus - LOL! Bingo! Or in Hotel du 401.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 11/23/09 - 03:45 pm
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The Augusta Mall is beginning

The Augusta Mall is beginning to look like the Regency Mall now.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/23/09 - 03:57 pm
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still waiting for "ole joe"

still waiting for "ole joe" to explain is vote to increase taxes...proudly claiming himself to be a republican one one have thought he would have voted against it....like i said before a RINO thru and thru......

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faithson 11/23/09 - 03:59 pm
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still have a july

still have a july referendum... at least we can stop it there......

WMartin
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WMartin 11/23/09 - 04:05 pm
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Augusta is starting to look a

Augusta is starting to look a lot like Detroit without the big GM building: desolate, trashy, run-down, with lots of folks on the public dole.

alsway
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alsway 11/23/09 - 04:06 pm
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I've lived here for over 30

I've lived here for over 30 years and have owned property here just as long. I have always paid my taxes on time and I have alwasy tried to support our community by "buying locally". But, this is the last straw! I am at my wits end when it comes to these idiots that we have elected to run our city. You can bet your sweet [filtered word] that I will no longer buy anything in Richmond county unless it is an emergency once this becomes effective! What a bunch of backward thinking fools!

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msgret92 11/23/09 - 04:22 pm
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Columbia county voters we

Columbia county voters we better get rid of Cross and company or they will probably follow suit. All they know is tax and spend, while claiming to not raise taxes they keep the mill rate the same and raise property values. If this passes in RC, CC will follow suit.

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disssman 11/23/09 - 04:26 pm
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I knew Fred wouldn't be happy

I knew Fred wouldn't be happy with the non-profits being cut and this proves it. Of course because he is managing a larger city budget, he and his cronnys will need a pay raise and of course a bonus for coming up with the plan to save us all. But never fear, when it comes to election time everyone will vote for their incumbent, because he is doing such a great job and its the others that are bad. I wonder if the gas ration cards will increase? Yeah keep the taxes coming. I already buy all my gas in NA, its just a hop to the stores down the road, and Aiken is a pleasant place to shop.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 11/23/09 - 04:54 pm
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standup, what you don't

standup, what you don't understand is that the "almighty" TEE CENTER will rescue us all, pull augusta out of lethergy and everyone will hold hands around the TEE CENTER and sing its praises and virtues..it will clean the streets, rid the city of all of the crime, increase high school test scores, fix the deteriorating infrastructure..all we the citizens of richmond cnty have to do is PAY FOR IT!!!

LaTwon
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LaTwon 11/23/09 - 05:04 pm
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they should all go to detroit

they should all go to detroit and see what happens when the tax base flees and all that is left is the welfare state. they r cheating us on our property taxes and lie about the values. 30904 -19.6 in median sales price, 30901 -11%. 30909 -7.2%, 30907 -13.7%
30906 + 12% yee haw ........ goodbye r c

LEO
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LEO 11/23/09 - 05:05 pm
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It's simple... you cannot tax

It's simple... you cannot tax your way into prosperity. If the commission hadn't been frivolous with our money in the first place, they wouldn't be having these budget problems. Will common sense ever prevail?

blackjackcool1
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blackjackcool1 11/23/09 - 05:12 pm
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These fiscal idiots don't

These fiscal idiots don't know how to cut waste and spending, they only know the tax gremlin by name!

blackjackcool1
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blackjackcool1 11/23/09 - 05:29 pm
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There is a siliver lining to

There is a siliver lining to this cloud---even the entitlement crowd will have to fork it over--not like property taxes!!!

DAMY46
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DAMY46 11/23/09 - 05:35 pm
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Augusta will soon be in the

Augusta will soon be in the same shape as East St. Louis.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 11/23/09 - 06:12 pm
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Lets see There chasing away

Lets see There chasing away businesses, tenent property owners, industry, finding creative ways of taxing the few remaining that cannot or will not leave . No City growth but expenditures grow ... Sounds like a plan that Detriot or East St Louis came up with .. At least the local elected will still have power ... While their subjects will live in a war zone they will be monitoring the happenings from cozy quarters in N.Augusta ..

blues550
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blues550 11/23/09 - 06:20 pm
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Thanks to Chairman Cross and
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Thanks to Chairman Cross and the Commissioners...it's good to live in Clumbia County!

atsugua13
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atsugua13 11/23/09 - 06:22 pm
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want to be sure to have

want to be sure to have enough money to go to New Orleans or San Antonio next year for the retreat LOLOLOL

crackertroy
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crackertroy 11/23/09 - 06:51 pm
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This will pass. The
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This will pass. The Commission will make sure they pass the money jar around to enough special interest groups and hold the election on a Sunday morning in the middle of the summer. The SPLOST only had 9,000 people show up to vote and the Mayor on the radio saying, "The SPLOST passed by an OVERWHELMING 70% vote meaning Augusta recognizes it's need for improvements". The people are right, no one will be left in Augusta but non-voting thugs and welfarees. What a joke.

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