In timing that couldn’t be more perfect for Barrow County’s future, the most powerful money committee in the Georgia House of Representatives voted Monday to include in the state government’s FY2013 budget $16 million for the Winder-Barrow campus of Lanier Technical College. Rep. Terry England, who chairs that House Appropriations Committee, said Tuesday that the funding has the support of Gov. Nathan Deal and he believes both the full House and Senate will go along with it. The House’s budget vote was scheduled for Wednesday.
“This is part of our bond package,” England said. “We get a certain amount we can spend and the Senate gets a certain amount it can spend. We pick out our projects and they pick out their projects. Sometimes we share the financing between the chambers.”
The state’s proposed funding does not include the cost of land, according to England. The longstanding plan has been to co-locate the college facility with a new “career academy” to be built by the Barrow County School System in time for the 2014-2015 school year.
The school board last summer purchased about 113 acres south of Highway 316 near the future Highway 53 interchange.
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