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Mayor Has Proposal To Raise City Revenues

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Augusta, GA - Augusta's mayor has a plan for Augusta's budget troubles.

A growing concern for Augusta Commissioners is the city's finances.

Last week, city leaders added to the problem by exempting the Richmond County Sheriff's Office from an approved mandatory 2.4 percent cut, costing taxpayers nearly $900,000.

Now, Mayor Deke Copenhaver is suggesting the city find a new sources of revenue -- parking meters downtown.

"Parking meters are something we should be looking at. Cities of our side, whether it is Charleston, Savannah...have those in place. That's a revenue source we are missing out on. I've spoken to several merchants downtown," said Mayor Copenhaver. "The potential of dedicating those resources to downtown safety and beautification, would you be in favor?" we asked. "And they are," said Copenhaver.

With growing budget concerns, the Mayor is anticipating calling a work session for Commissioners. He says he is looking at a time after the Masters.

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