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Activist Blasts City For No Public Hearing On TAD Vote

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Blasting Augusta's method of creating a new Tax Allocation Districts...

As we told you Tuesday, city leaders approved a new TAD for the downtown area carved out of a larger district, but activists say it was a rush job without input from the public.

City lawyers say the TAD was the subject of a public hearing on December 3rd. However, that hearing started two hours late,

Harrisburg Neighborhood Association member Lori says city leaders are trying to pull a fast one... again. "This is how the city seems to do it when they try to pass things at the last hour and the city's new consultant Matt Kwatinetz met with various groups, including myself, and promised public hearings promised transparency and we've seen none of that...the city has gone on doing business as usual," said Davis.

"Passing this TAD, without a public hearing Tuesday, right or wrong?" we asked Davis. "Wrong," she said.

The Tax Allocation District commissioners approved at Tuesday's meeting was amended from the original proposal to reduce its size, but city lawyers say approving it without holding another public hearing was legal.

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