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Aiken County Residents Speak Out About Project Jackson

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Tuesday night, Project Jackson supporters and opponents had the opportunity to tell Aiken County Council members what they thought about the $150 million dollar project.

"If you do not approve the TIF, Project Jackson fails and we lose the opportunity to economically move our city forward," Former North Augusta Mayor Tom Greene said.

"I can hear the fireworks from Lake Olmstead Stadium now, from my front door. My concern is about the noise from the stadium on the river," a Project Jackson opponent said.

There seemed to be more opponents in attendance, many of them stating that taxpayers shouldn't be footing the bill for a $40 million dollar public project involving a baseball stadium.

"Every study has shown that Single-A Minor League Baseball projects do not have a positive economic impact," another opponent said.

On the other hand, Project Jackson supporters say the proposal would boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.

"84% of our members either strongly approve or somewhat approve of this development, as far as encouragement for further growth in the North Augusta area," North Augusta Chamber of Commerce President Terra Carroll said.

There was also some discussion about robo calls that have been going out over the last few days. North Augusta Officials say there is a lot of incorrect information out there and they tried their best to debunk the rumors.

"Does it cost Aiken County existing revenues? The answer to that is no. Will it cost Aiken County additional funds to maintain the things that are built down there? No. North Augusta will provide all the services, the police protection, the fire department, water and sewer," North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones said.

The county council approved the second reading of the financing plan for Project Jackson with a 6 to 3 vote. There will have to be one more reading before Project Jackson can move forward.

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