Georgia's Lt. Governor Wants To Know What Columbus Wants

July 9th, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WXTX)-In a matter of hours, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle made the rounds of Columbus, first stopping at a Rotary Club meeting for lunch, then taking a tour of the new National Infantry Museum Site.

The main purpose of his visit to Columbus, though, was to hear the people, and what issues they want addressed at the state level.

"We've got to recognize how important Columbus is one of the main drivers of the state's economy, and the military and its growth are very important," said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

At a round table discussion in the City Council chamber, people asked Cagle about water issues along the Chattahoochee, as well as when more transportation funding would be coming for road improvements.

Of course, several local leaders had requests of their own.

"Let's make sure we keep home rule. We want to be able to decide in Columbus, Georgia what is best for people here," said Mayor Jim Wetherington.

In the final days before the city votes on Wetherington's lost proposal, taxes at the state level were also a major concern.

"There's a balance in any tax structure, and what voters are most interested in is fairness, stability and that they are not going to be over taxed," said Cagle.