Aiken Co. council votes "yes" on Project Jackson, final vote imminent
The Aiken County Council voted 6 to 4 in favor of supporting
the financing of Project Jackson at a public hearing Tuesday night.
The council's third and final vote on Project Jackson will
be at their meeting next week.
Hundreds of people carrying signs for and against the
development crowded into an auditorium at Aiken Tech for the hearing.
The council has been asked to help fund the North Augusta
development by participating in a Tax Increment Financing district for 30
The $150 million proposal includes plans to build a minor
league baseball stadium and luxury hotel.
During the hearing several private investors said if Project
Jackson is approved, they'd move to the riverfront and pour tens of millions of
dollars into the county.
"I have a property in Augusta and I'm looking to relocate to
Hammond's Ferry and move my tax dollars here to North Augusta; so we're very
excited about this project," said Kimberly Hard who is the CEO for Be Well
But others say if the council ultimately votes "yes" they
would set a dangerous precedent that would lead to the county being flooded
with requests to approve other TIFs.