County to vote on SPLOST VII May 22

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously voted to place Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST VII) on the May 22 ballot. Morgan County voters will be asked to approve the one-penny sales tax in order to fund various capital outlay projects over a six-year period beginning in April 2019.

The county has “conservatively” projected that the next SPLOST would raise about $21.7 million in total. The county has budgeted $16.9 million for various projects including paying off the nearly $8.5 million debt on the Public Safety Complex Building,  $2 million for purchasing public safety vehicles, machinery and equipment, $1.5 million for county building renovations, $3.5 million for countywide infrastructure improvements, and another $1.5 million for non-public safety vehicles, machinery and equipment.

The City of Madison is estimated to receive $4 million during SPLOST VII, hoping to use $1 million for Transportation Development and Maintenance, $1.9 million for building renovations, $400,000 for vehicles and mobile equipment, $300,000 for park improvements and maintenance, and $400,000 for parks and greenspace acquisition.

The City of Rutledge is estimated to receive $430,000, planning to use $52,504 for the sewer lift station, $250,000 for water infrastructure, $45,560 on Fears Road Well, $7000 on a new well, $15,000 on sidewalks, $44,736 on city building repairs, and $15,200 on city trucks.

The City of Bostwick is estimated to receive $300,000 in SPLOST revenue, during the next SPLOST, hoping to use $100,000 for water system infrastructure improvements, $50,000 on recreation facility improvements, $50,000 on road improvements, $50,000 on pedestrian area improvements, and $50,000 on Downtown restoration improvements.

The Town of Buckhead is estimated to receive $108,000 during the next SPLOST, planning to use $55,000 for water improvements, $40,000 for capital improvements for town properties, and $13,000 for maintenance equipment.

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