Commission approves budget without tax increase

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 2:33 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 11:38 PM
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After a lengthy discussion about funding cuts for outside agencies, the Augusta Commission approved a 2010 budget today that does not include a tax rate increase.

The vote was 8-1, with Mayor Pro Tem Alvin Mason opposed and Betty Beard absent.

In the motion made by Joe Bowles, the mayor will form a subcommittee to review agencies receiving city funds, to determine whether some ought to be cut more than others, or less than others. The issue was raised by Don Grantham, who said he had problems with the city's 15 percent cuts across the board.

He said he didn't understand why the Augusta Museum of History and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum are being funded at the same level, and are each being cut the same amount, when the former is so much larger and serves far more people than the latter. After the reductions, each museum would receive $148,750 next year.

"I just think we need to give full consideration to those agencies that are providing services to numbers in our community," Mr. Grantham said.

Mr. Mason said he voted against the budget because he has several problems with it, inluding $1 million in cuts to the sheriff's office and fudning for prisoners.

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RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/01/09 - 04:30 pm
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Read that headline carefully

Read that headline carefully people. It will be years before you ever see "without tax increase" again.

Frank I
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Frank I 12/01/09 - 06:01 pm
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they've done it for the last

they've done it for the last two or three, why do you think it will be different later?

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/01/09 - 06:05 pm
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The free ride's over Frank.

The free ride's over Frank. Tax increases are imminent on all levels. RIP America.

devontaekelly
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devontaekelly 12/01/09 - 06:35 pm
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Cutting the sheriff's budjet,

Cutting the sheriff's budjet, a scare tactic to push for the penny tax? Again, Joe, where are you?

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 12/01/09 - 07:56 pm
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if we don't get the increase

if we don't get the increase revenue from the taxes collected from visitors and the spending generated by the meetings/conventions/tourists sector we will be facing significant property tax increases in the future -- Augusta is one of the better destinations in the southeast for medium size conventions -- the $1 million we are losing each month because our TEE Center is too small and the projected $800,000 in annual new taxes from the proposed new Hyatt Hotel will soften the blow on future property tax increases -- let the people with the money pay more when they spend -- or let the burden fall on those of us who have less to spend -- that is the question.

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double_standard 12/01/09 - 09:28 pm
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wiz there proposing to build

wiz there proposing to build a hyatt place hotel not a full service hyatt. It will only staff 20 ppl.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/01/09 - 09:47 pm
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Why is it that no one can

Why is it that no one can name a single group that has actually said "If Augusta would build a TEE center, we would have our conference in Augusta"? These mythical visitors are the same mythical visitors that were supposed to come to the Golf Hall of Fame. Guess they got lost coming down I-20.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/01/09 - 09:48 pm
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Wiz, perhaps you were on

Wiz, perhaps you were on vacation when Commissioner Joe Bowles publically stated, "The TEE center isn't designed to make money, just like the Civic Center."

corgimom
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corgimom 12/01/09 - 10:32 pm
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"fudning" for prisoners???

"fudning" for prisoners???

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