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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.
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.
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.
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.
Group opens office to address growing needs of female veterans

After five years of meeting in members' homes, the Women's Veterans Club of the CSRA cut the ceremonial ribbon Wednesday to its first permanent office location - Suite J at 3062 Damascus Road.
Starbucks workers help renovate Broad Street building I.M. Pei building on the 600 block, which was built in the early 1970s and vacated by the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce in 2009.The group painted walls, prepped floors, stained base boards on the bottom floor and upstairs...
Battle expected over proposed excise tax

...Bill 386 to help local governments make up for the lost revenue.But last year and again this year, the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Development Authority of Richmond County and area industries have lobbied vigorously against the city charging...
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Ribbon-cutting from the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce
Forums planned for five seeking Augusta mayor's post

Augusta voters have several more opportunities to get to know the five candidates seeking the mayor's seat May 20.
Commission balances budget with no tax hikes, $4.5 million from savings

Despite a projected shortfall of $7.9 million, Augusta commissioners declined to raise property taxes, or tax manufacturers for the energy they purchase.