SPLOST stands for special purpose local option sales tax and is used by all 159 Georgia counties to fund local capital projects. Henry County voters first approved SPLOST in September 1996. Since then, three subsequent programs have been approved resulting in over five-hundred million dollars invested into county facilities and roads.
A few highlights from previous SPLOST projects have included installing over fifty intersection improvements and paving numerous dirt roads, building six new fire stations and purchasing dozens of police cars, expanding major county buildings like the courthouse and jail, and additions to practically every Henry County park. The benefit of SPLOST is that everyone pays into it, not just residents of the community. Every time an interstate traveler grabs a meal while passing through or tourists visit for a ball tournament, the SPLOST program and Henry County community are benefitting.
The time has come for Henry County to consider the renewal of SPLOST. The current program will end collections in March 2020 and the Henry County commissioners formed a citizens’ committee to aid in the process. The SPLOST V committee was charged to solicit public input on proposed projects, develop cost estimates and a fiscally-constrained list of projects, and deliver the recommendations to the Board of Commissioners by summer 2019. The committee included an appointment from each commissioner and commission chair, and one from the county manager’s office.
The committee concluded its meetings in March 2019 and their recommendations were presented to the BOC in April. Since that time, commissioners deliberated about the proposed projects and made changes to the list before approving it for residents to consider. Voters will decide whether to renew SPLOST through a countywide referendum in November 2019.
SPLOST V Updates
Moving Henry Forward covered the SPLOST V committee and encouraged public participation throughout the process.
Blog founder Clayton Carte served as the committee chair. Clayton worked to increase turnout by the general public at committee meetings through Moving Henry Forward and social media.
The committee was comprised of seven members.
The committee members are listed below, followed by their appointing official.
- Chair Clayton Carte – county chair
- Vice-Chair Carlotta Harrell – district V
- Claud Spinks – county manager
- Tom Israel – district I
- Arnold Cole – district II
- Mike Elrod – district III
- Harold Jenkins – district IV
The committee held two meetings in each commission district, one meeting in each city, and three meetings at the county administration building, for a total of seventeen. All committee meetings were open to the public.
|July 23, 2018||6:00 PM||Henry County Administration Building||Countywide|
|August 9, 2018||6:30 PM||Locust Grove Senior Center||District I|
|August 23, 2018||6:30 PM||Nash Farm Park||District II|
|September 6, 2018||6:30 PM||Ola Elementary||District III|
|September 20, 2018||6:30 PM||JP Moseley Rec Center||District IV|
|October 4, 2018||6:30 PM||Fairview Rec Center||District V|
|October 18, 2018||6:30 PM||Locust Grove Public Safety Building||District I|
|November 1, 2018||6:30 PM||Bear Creek Senior Center||District II|
|November 15, 2018||6:30 PM||McDonough City Hall||District I / III|
|November 29, 2018||6:30 PM||Merle Manders Conference Center||District IV / V|
|December 13, 2018||6:30 PM||Henry County Administration Building||Countywide|
|January 10, 2019||6:30 PM||New Hope Elementary||District I|
|January 24, 2019||6:30 PM||Luella Middle School||District II|
|February 7, 2019||6:30 PM||Heritage Senior Center||District III|
|February 28, 2019||6:30 PM||Timber Ridge Elementary||District IV|
|March 7, 2019||6:30 PM||Cotton Indian Elementary||District V|
|March 21, 2019||6:30 PM||Henry County Administration Building||Countywide|
Fiscal Estimates and County / Cities Split
The proposed SPLOST V program is estimated to collect $204 million dollars over five years. Twenty percent of the estimated revenues have been designated for “Level II Projects,” headlined by a $22 million dollar aquatic center, and the first $40.8 million in collections will be set aside for these projects. Other level II projects include a recreation facility for use by the Boys and Girls Club, a police precinct in Fairview, and four fire stations. The stations include rebuilds in Hampton (station 5) and Fairview (station 6), and new stations in Ola (station 17) and Flippen (station 18).
The remaining eighty percent of collections, or $163.2 million, would be divided between Henry County and the four municipalities based on population figures from the 2010 Census. This equates to roughly thirty percent for the cities and seventy percent for Henry County.
Our projects page looking at the proposed SPLOST V program is being updated to reflect the final projects approved by the board of commissioners. Check back soon for an update.