Faced with raising taxes, the Albany City Commission on Tuesday voted 6-1 to give $50K to the Albany Civil Rights Institute. Commissioner Jon Howard voted against. The city commission tabled a request for funding by the Flint RiverQuarium.
The commission voted against developing a multimodal transit terminal behind the courthouse.
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ALBANY, Ga. — After lengthy discussion, Albany City Commissioners voted down a measure that would have continued work on a controversial transit center site.
The 5-2 vote effectively prevents city staff members from contracting for architectural and engineering work on the $10 million project, and could threaten millions in stimulus dollars that were allocated to that particular site.
Commissioners Ivey Hines and Tommie Postell voted to hire an A&E firm, while Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Mayor Pro Tem Bob Langstaff, and Commissioners Jon Howard, Christopher Pike and Roger Marietta voted against.
Hines said that he was concerned about what the city would tell the federal and state government when they demanded a reason for why the project site had become “unfeasible,” — a requirement to change sites and keep federal funding.
“I think the federal authorities are going to ask why,” Hines said, “and I don’t think that we have an answer.”