AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The results are in and voters have decided on a sales tax to build a new James Brown Arena.
Lawmakers have been working to pass funding for a new arena for about two years. In a rare show of solidarity, every Augusta commissioner came out in support of the project, urging people to vote yes.
The campaign worked and more than 66 percent of voters voted in favor of the new tax, meaning that new arena is coming.
District 7 Commissioner Sean Frantom released a statement once the unofficial results were announced.
“Thank you to all the voters of Richmond County. You proved in a resounding way you love this community and it comes first. We should all feel good.”
This half penny tax increase for the new arena could have a huge economic impact on the area.
Many people NewsChannel 6 spoke with say Augusta could also use more entertainment and building a new James Brown Arena will bring that.
“Augusta is growing and we really truly need a new arena it’s time for it whatever they put it in to bring people into this town that’s it,” said Mattie Mitchell, a Richmond County resident.
No official word on whether hockey could return to Augusta. But in recent weeks, some city leaders say it could be on the table in the future.
Also no word yet on when the new sales tax will take effect or when demolition and construction will begin.
The JBA has events booked there through March of next year.