Upgrading Augusta's radio system would make public safety safer. Three dozen new high tech radios that include GPS that could be life saving for a firefighter in a building. But, with the city's current radio system, that GPS function doesn't work.
The city is considering an upgrade proposed by Motorola, but the price tag would be more than $10 million for city taxpayers.
"The devil is always in the details, just like with everything else we do, and the big detail is $10 million. Where does it come from?" says City Administrator Fred Russell. "Do you put it in the next sales tax vote and pay it off that way?" we asked. "Our initial thought process, as we looked at this, and we look at it every year on whether or not it's a good move or not, would be to do that," says Russell.
The list of projects for the next phase of the sales tax has not be prepared yet, but the city is planning to use money from it to pay off bonds for the Augusta Municipal Building, about $26 million, as well as build a storm water retention pond and relocate residents from Hyde Park...another possible $18 million.
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