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No Deal For New Patrols For Downtown Augusta

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Time is running out on the plan to bring extra patrols to downtown Augusta.

In August, more than 630 property owners voted on whether they wanted to pay an extra tax to cover the cost of nine additional officers.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for property owner support to create a patrol district downtown for extra security.

The plan is similar to the CADI cleanup district that expired last year, and 51% of property owners need to approve the plan to create the district.

Next Tuesday is the deadline, and with the six says left, only 93 of the 630 property owners have signed on.

"At this point in time, we're not going to pursue it any further unless there's an onslaught of support at the witching hour. At this time, no, I think the taxpayers have spoken. They think downtown is safe and the Sheriff is doing a good job," says City Planner John Paul Stout, who has worked with the Sheriff's Office in creating the Patrol District.

Downtown property owners have been slow to support the district because many say they should not have to pay additional taxes for a service the city should already be providing.

Though state law requires 51 percent approval by the property owners in the district, Stout says Sheriff Richard Roundtree wasn't going to go forward without a vast majority of support from owners in the area.

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