Out here in the country, folks know better than to tie a goat to a rose trellis, but down the road in Augusta, Mayor Deke Copenhaver is getting ready to tie a whole herd of them to Richmond County’s last golden rosary, the SPLOST fund.
You can be sure that his honor would like to get out the gate in January before the new gardener arrives, especially since there is a big old hungry Judas goat hidden, yet in plain sight at the front of the line.
Yes, right now it is at the very end of the SPLOST ballot for tomorrow and this Judas goat reads like this, “If reimposition of the tax is approved by the voters, such vote shall also constitute approval of the issuance of general obligation debt of Augusta, Georgia in the principal amount of $22,395,000 for the purposes of (1) any one or more of the Augusta Projects, (2) the Recreational Multi-Use Facility included in the Hephzibah Projects, and (3) retiring the Augusta Notes. Yes or no.”
Trouble is, those bonds never got issued and the issuing URA Board is illegal. If the Voters approve the SPLOST, the Mayor and his cronies get to redirect UP FRONT money that was to go toward those bonds. Where will the money go? Probably to their favorite boondoggles, like that Mills Project that Georgia Regents University wants no part of.
The Berckmans Road swindle that went from Last to First was just a trial run for Deke’s grand heist on the way out.
All Augusta will have left is goat’s breath that will be the only thing coming up roses.
The Mayor loves him some prayer breakfasts, and probably this from Matthew, “But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.”
This has been your Many Arrows Moment on Agraynation.com