Moving Henry Forward is previewing what we can expect in 2019. The proposed extension of SPLOST will be decided by Henry County voters in November.
If approved, the SPLOST V program is estimated to collect $220 million between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2025. From that, the Henry County BOC is anticipating a program budget of $165 million (75%). The remaining 25% is divided among the cities based on population.
Earlier this month, county staff members recommended to the SPLOST V committee $70,945,000 worth in countywide projects. The committee voted 4-1 to adopt those recommendations. The recommended projects include the following:
- Animal Control renovations – $1,000,000
- New Elections Building – $2,500,000
- Jail Pod addition – $10,000,000
- Probate Court parking expansion – $750,000
- Fleet Replacement program – $22,695,000
- Ola Police Precinct & New Fire Station (exact location TBD; in the vicinity of SR 81 & Mt. Bethel Road) – $6,000,000
- Fairview Police Precinct & Fire Station 6 rebuild (Fairview Road at W Panola Road) – $4,500,000
Parks & Recreation
- Convention Center – $20,000,000
- Program Management – $3,500,000
The recommended project list leaves $94,055,000 for district projects. The committee will budget $18,811,000 worth of projects within the recommendations for each commission district.
The SPLOST V committee has six meetings remaining. Starting in January, the committee will meet once in each commission district to select district project recommendations. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meetings.
All meetings are held on Thursdays at 6:30 pm.
- District 1 – January 10 (New Hope Elementary)
- District 2 – January 24 (Luella Middle School)
- District 3 – February 7 (Heritage Senior Center)
- District 4 – February 28 (Timber Ridge Elementary)
- District 5 – March 7 (Cotton Indian Elementary)
A final meeting will be held on March 21 at the Henry County Administration Building. After the committee concludes its work, all recommendations will be presented to the board of commissioners in May. The BOC has the final determination on potential projects and may modify the list before calling for the voter referendum.
Moving Henry Forward will continue our extensive coverage of the proposed SPLOST V projects throughout the year. I want all residents to have as much information as possible before making a decision at the ballot box in November 2019.