By Scott Thompson
After failing to do so this year, Barrow County government officials are aiming to include a 1-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum on voters’ ballots in November 2017.
If approved by voters, the tax, which would be a continuation of the current one already in place, would take effect July 1, 2018. It would fund various capital improvements across the county and in each of its municipalities, including upgrades to roadways, water and sewer systems and other infrastructure, parks and recreation projects and public safety improvements.
A Citizens Project Selection Committee is being formed to vet a list of projects and make its recommendation to the Barrow County Board of Commissioners for which ones will appear on the ballot.
An organizational meeting has been scheduled for Oct. 17 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Terry England Conference Room of Lanier Technical College, 965 Austin Road, Winder, according to a county news release. County residents interested in serving on the committee are asked to contact Danielle Austin, the Board of Commissioners clerk, at 770-307-3005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Commissioners voted last month not to include a SPLOST referendum on the general election ballot Nov. 8.
It would have been in effect for five years through June 2023 and would have raised an estimated $56.6 million. Of that total, roughly $7.4 million – or 13 percent – would have gone toward a county recreational complex project at Fort Yargo State Park.
See complete story in Aug. 24 edition of the Barrow News-Journal.
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