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Downtown Augusta Property Owner Says Cleanup Needs To Be Part Of Patrol Program

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It's could be a plan to fight "crime" and "grime" in downtown Augusta.

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree has been meeting with downtown property owners about his plan to create a new patrol district downtown to increase security.

To play for it, property owners in the downtown area would pay an extra tax.

One proposal would be to use money from the tax to also pay for cleanup.

Property owner Paul King met with the Sheriff, and told him the only way he could support the patrol district is if it includes the clean up crews in the plan.

"We've got a big problem with cleanliness downtown. Since the shut down of the old CADIs program, there are streets and blocks, unfortunately on 11th Street, not too far from our office where the restaurants and bars leave an unsightly amount of trash. It's spread out all over the place and it needs to be addressed," says Paul King, a downtown developer.

King says he and other property owners told the Sheriff they would like to see the law enforcement part of the program be reduced to free up funding for clean-up crews.

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