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Commissioner: Discuss giving administrator authority to hire and fire

Augusta Commissioner Mary Davis said she'll raise the issue of amending the city's consolidation act to give the city administrator authority to hire and fire department heads at a Thursday meeting with Augusta-area legislators.
Deke Copenhaver says goodbye to mayor's job

Deke Copenhaver said he's not expecting a state-level appointment, and has no plans to seek another elected office, but he hasn't ruled it out.
Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce questions proposed stormwater rate at the table before being subjected to the third-highest stormwater fee in Georgia, according to Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce President Sue Parr.Commenting on the city's stormwater fee proposal at a Thursday budget workshop, Parr...
Augusta Regional Collaboration's delay could leave music academy without home, says co-founder

Augusta Regional Collaboration's delay in reopening the former metro Chamber of Commerce building on Broad Street is leaving the J.B. Academy of Musik Pupils without a home again, according to Deanna Brown-Thomas.
Augusta manufacturers likely to avoid paying energy tax

Augusta manufacturers appear headed for a victory over plans to tax them for the energy, as support has waned among commissioners scheduled to vote on the tax.
Manufacturers worry about proposed excise tax implications

A proposed energy excise tax on Augusta manufacturers has executives at two local plants worried the tarrif could hinder each site from landing major projects.
Discussion on city finances must move to the next level

What certainly can detract from a positive trajectory is the uncertainty of the financial condition of Augusta-Richmond County.
Mayor breaks tie to raise property taxes

...creating the exemption provided the excise tax as a way for local governments to replace it.Fennoy, Mason, Lockett, Hasan and Williams favored starting the process, which has seen opposition from the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce.
Augusta Regional Collaboration Project hits snag over restroom renovation

The Augusta Regional Collaborative Project hit a roadblock this week when a city inspector declared the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce building unfit for occupancy until a first-floor restroom is installed.
Richmond County's city leaders debate excise tax on manufacturers

A debate over whether - and if so, how much - to tax Augusta manufacturers for the energy they use continued Friday at a mandatory meeting between heads of the county's three municipalities of Augusta, Hephzibah and Blythe.