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Augusta Museum seeks SPLOTS 7 funds

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

The Augusta Museum of History is one of 7 agencies hoping that commission grant them funding for special projects.

"We've identified well over 300 very talented and special people that need to be highlighted and we've just run out of space," said Nancy Glaser, the museum's executive director.

That's why the Augusta Museum of History is requesting a little over 4.7 million dollars in funds from SPLOSt 7.

"I hope they see the value of what the museum does for the community," Glaser said.

The museum also plans to expand the "Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown" exhibit, which Glaser said is a major attraction to tourists.

"As far as I'm concerned Mr. Brown is a national treasure and that story needs to be told," she said. "We have visitors from all of the world that come here and having this as a real destination point, I think it will make a major contribution to the tourism industry, but making people from this area feel proud about their heritage."

To get SPLOST 7 on May 20 ballot, the commission has until early next month to narrow down the list of $741 million in projects. The list will include $8M to Georgia Regents University to help with its new cancer center and $30M for ongoing renovations to the Augusta Municipal Building.

Other agencies requesting funding:

Richmond County Mosquito Control is requesting $450,000.

Mini Theatre is requesting $1.83M.

Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy is requesting $2M.

Christ Community Health Services is requesting $600,000.

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