Augusta Commissioners discuss higher taxes, better transportation for 2013
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -
It's a new year and new commissioners faced
old problems during the Augusta Commission Planning Retreat on Thursday.
"Transportation issues, budget
issues," named District Three Commissioner Mary Davis.
The biggest budget issue that is
facing Commissioners is overcoming the deficit in 2013.
"The job is huge; we're facing a four
million dollar deficit," said Alvin Mason, Commissioner for District Four.
Mason says they will have to consider
raising tax rates; but he added that Augusta has one of the lowest millage
rates in the state.
With 10 different commissioners,
it's possible to have 10 different ways to solve a problem. So, one main point
of discussion during the retreat was how commissioners could work together to
bring positive change to Augusta as a whole, not just their respective
District Seven Commissioner Donnie
Smith says in order to do that there may need to be some give and take.
"It's about negotiation and about
what's good for our community and it's about having trust," Smith, said.
He urged his fellow commissioners to trust
each other to make the right decisions about the future of Augusta.
"If you win a lot of little
fights than you win the big battle and you make our city better," said
"This crew seems really
motivated, I'm hoping that we can work together and really be able to do some
great things for the city," Mason, said.
District Five Commissioner Bill
Lockett said, "We're going to have a good year coming up."
The Commissioners have a two year
All Commissioners were at the retreat
except for District 10 Commissioner, Grady Smith.
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