An Augusta Commissioner wants to stop wasting money on a development project.
City leaders are considering loaning two and a half million dollars to the housing department to continue the redeveloping the Laney Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods.
More than $2 million has been spent on consultants and marketing since 2010, something Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson says needs to stop.
"I don't think there's a need to have the consultants at this capacity. If you need one or two people or a...of course, you need a project manager. But, to have consultants to continue to market, that has pretty much been branded. I think, at this point, it's pretty much a waste of money," says Johnson.
Johnson says he feels pretty good about the future of the redevelopment, but says he just doesn't want to see money spent on it where it doesn't have to.
Commissioners are scheduled to take up the loan request next week.
City leaders have directed Augusta Housing and Development Department director Chester Wheeler to do a cost analysis of consultants versus doing the project work in-house, and to find an additional funding source for the redevelopment to supplement the $1 a night hotel tax currently being used to make the bond payments.
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