Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor released the county’s list of eight projects he hopes to finance with money from the 2020 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).
“Last month you approved the intergovernmental agreement (IGA) for the SPLOST that expires at the end of 2019,” County Manager Peter Olson said. “All the cities have approved the IGA and given a list of their projects. The next step is to approve the resolution and call for an election on May 22, 2018. Collections will start in January 2020. That will run for the next six years, and as you know, the SPLOST is essential to funding capital projects.”
Among the listed projects are:
• A $34 million expansion and renovation of the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Building and the 1903 courthouse, which serves as an annex for county administrative offices.
• $40,200,000 for public works projects including road, street and bridge improvements, vehicles, equipment and facilities upgrades, water and sewer improvements and debt retirement of a $10 million loan from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA).
• $18 million for public safety projects including facilities, equipment and vehicles for the Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office, EMS, E-911 and Animal Control.
• $14.5 million for Recreation and Culture projects including upgrades to existing parks and facilities and facilities, materials and equipment for the library system.
• $2.35 million for expansion and renovation of the county health dept. and improvements to the senior centers.
• $6.2 million for economic development projects.
In other business;
• Olson mentioned the Lake Point Parkway Extension Project is out for bids and a selection of a contractor should be made in a few weeks. The $29 million project will connect Allatoona Road over the CSX railroad and up to Red Top Mountain. Olson said he hopes to hold a meeting on Jan. 24 to award the contract.
• Reappointed Dr. Andrew Tripp and Kelly Campbell and appointed John Tappest and Doug Cornwell to the Animal Control Board.
• Appointed Dr. Tina Brush to the Tallatoona CAP Board of Directors.
Commissioner Taylor will hold a regularly scheduled public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Conference Room, Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Building 135 W. Cherokee Ave., Cartersville, Ga.