By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Morgan Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to place the next SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) on the ballot for the May, 22, 2018 election. SPLOST is an optional one percent sales tax levied by a county for the purpose of funding capital outlay projects such as parks, schools, roads, and other public facilities.
If passed, the county estimates that the next SPLOST, which will not go into effect until April 1, 2019, will be proposed for about $21 million.
Nearly half of the next SPLOST will be designated for debt service payments on the Morgan County Public Safety Complex. After the other municipalities receive their share of SPLOST, the county would be left with about $10 million for infrastructure and capital improvement projects.
“We will be working in coming months on the projects we want to complete with the next SPLOST,” said County Manager Adam Mestres, who also noted county staff will be working with the other cities as each compiles their project lists for SPLOST.
“We have to have everything ready by the middle of February to get it on the May ballot,” said Mestres.
“We will be moving forward on this right away.”