Augusta, GA -
Taking a small bite out of Richmond County's blight, Augusta Commissioners approved $200,000 to demolish three dozen rundown houses Tuesday. But, the city has about 300 houses identified for demolition.
The next phase of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST, includes $4 million for tearing down houses, but that troubles Commissioner Marion Williams. He's not a supporter of rundown houses, but he also does not support the next SPLOST.
"They're not going to trick me into supporting something like that because the sales tax shouldn't pass, in my mind. So, why should I support giving that kind of money to get started and have it tied into the money we got to get. That means I have to support the sales tax," Williams told us.
Williams voted to support the money after learning it would come from the Capital Outlay Fund and not the SPLOST.