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Although it was less than 10,000 of the Richmond County, Ga. voters that took the time to go and vote, there was mandate of 70% of them that said ‘yes’ to SPLOST VI. This issue was one of the first that I was publicly vocal because it impacts so many people. Local, state and federal government are not the perfect models. Especially in this day and time. But it’s what we’ve got. And for a local municipality to have a revenue stream to fund infrastructure, roads, capital projects and quality of life projects without having to put the total burden on property owners, SPLOST VI is the way to go. My prediction was 68% yes and 32% no. Seems I was pretty close and I’m pleased about that. Vocal supporters had a victory party at one of the local night spots and the media took notice. Check out the front page photo of today’s Augusta Chronicle. http://www.augustachronicle.com. By the way, I’m the one in the middle holding my Blackberry that showed the election results.

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http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/06/17/met_527947.shtml

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Seems I’ve been on the frontlines of politics lately. Umm.. Wednesday night,  I was on the air with Herman Cain and this coming Monday afternoon, it will be a cyberspace online debate with a local Liberterian on an important Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST VI)upcoming vote. See article below from the Augusta Chronicle. http://www.augustachronicle.com

P.S. By the way, that photo was from my 2005 Mayoral race in Augusta…

Coming Monday: online SPLOST debate

Posted by Johnny Edwards on June 03, 2009 – 5:18 PM

SPLOST VI – a mean, lean infrastructure package, or chock full of pork?

A good way to keep property taxes down, or yet another government mechanism for fleecing the people?

Back on track now that the Augusta Commission has made progress on the TEE center, or doomed because commissioners did too little too late?

So far, about 400 people have cast early ballots on the city’s proposed $184.7 million special-purpose sales tax package, which goes to the polls citywide on July 16. For the benefit of the remaining registered voters – about 10 to 15 percent of whom are expected to take part in the referendum – The Augusta Chronicle will hold an online debate on the merits of SPLOST VI on Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., moderated by yours truly.

In one corner, representing the “No SPLOST” crowd, will be Libertarian Party of the CSRA Chairman Rocky Eades. This will be the first time any Libertarian anywhere has been permitted to take part in a debate in the United States. Not really, but I do believe it’s high-time the nation’s third-largest party had a voice in national and local political forums.

In the other corner, from the “yes to SPLOST” viewpoint, will be Helen Blocker-Adams, former mayoral candidate, host of “People and Issues with Helen” on NewsRadio WNRR-AM (1230) and one of the Garden’s City’s sharpest pundits. Far from a tax-and-spend liberal, Ms. Blocker-Adams was a speaker at the Augusta Tax Day Tea Party at at Riverwalk Augusta’s Jessye Norman Amphitheater in April.

The debate will unfold on our Web site in a live chat format. To follow along or take part, go to http://augustachronicle.com/metro.

So long as you’re logged on to our site, you can submit questions as we go which I will selectively pose to the participants. (Stick to the subject matter, be civil and no profanity.) Questions can also be submitted in advance though a link already up on the Metro page.

I’ll also take early questions at my e-mail address, johnny.edwards@augustachronicle.com. To preserve the integrity of the debate, please don’t post your questions on this blog. At least not if you want me to use them.

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