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Planning and Development Director Melanie Wilson proposes sweeping changes to department

Backed by a consultant's analysis set in motion before she was hired, Melanie Wilson proposed to Augusta commissioners a sweeping reorganization of the department's planning side.
Library, election chiefs make budget requests

City department heads and elected officials continued their pleas for more money from Augusta Commission members at a fourth budget workshop Thursday.
Dorothy Paul

...City where she met Bill, her husband of 51 years. She retired after many years as an editor at The University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. She was an avid reader and had an inquisitive mind. She was particularly interested...
Disparity exists in Augusta's property tax system

The disparity is built into the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County government's charter ? two overlapping tax districts in which property owners pay for government services in two distinct and, at times, unequal ways.
Lawmakers at work on tax riddle

Members of the state's tax reform council are trying not to think about that as they develop their recommendations, leaving the political tactics to the politicians.
Government | Metro
Augusta commissioner Lockett completes advanced training

...the three-day Robert E. Knox Leadership Institute for Elected Officials sponsored by GMA and the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government.Lockett completes his first term as District 5 commissioner this year.
Sunday alcohol license granted

The Augusta Commission again showed leniency in its enforcement of a blue law Tuesday, granting The Original Tavern a probationary Sunday alcohol sales license despite food sales being below the state minimum.
Metro | Deke Copenhaver | Augusta-Richmond County Commission
Lawmakers vow to cut back, too

ATLANTA --- As state lawmakers prepare for a session that could include cuts to the spending of every agency, those wielding the budget ax say they're doing their part to spread the pain around.
Convicted killer gets support from Vatican

ATLANTA - The state clemency board reviewing Troy Anthony Davis' death sentence is continuing to receive an unprecedented amount of letters about the case, ranging from Savannah neighbors to international religious leaders.
Commission considers image

...the authority to add agenda items at will. After awhile, the facilitator, Gordon Maner of the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government, lost patience and told them to move on. "It has to do with blind-siding people...
Metro | Deke Copenhaver | Augusta-Richmond County Commission