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Revised GreenJackets ballpark plan up for vote tomorrow

Proposed Augusta GreenJackets ballpark

A revised plan for North Augusta financing of a new Augusta GreenJackets (Low Class A; Sally League) ballpark will be considered tomorrow night by the Aiken County school board.

The board will be asked to approve a new plan unveiled back in May that calls for a smaller contribution in TIF money as part of the financing for the Project Jackson development on the city’s waterfront, which includes conference center, a hotel and the new GreenJackets ballpark. From the Augusta Chronicle:

The previous plan counted on 20 percent of financing to come from the school board, while the amended plan calls for 11 percent.

School board member Ray Fleming said the amendment reflected the board’s requests, but he would not speculate on the outcome of Tuesday’s vote. He said discussions with city officials have been positive, adding that the board will take into consideration public opinion, which has been mixed on the issue.

“The board has been very diligent in looking at all aspects of this TIF,” Fleming said. “We’ve done our homework.”

If approved, the financing plan would move to the Aiken County Board, which rejected the earlier financing proposal.

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