Fort Oglethorpe ap­proves res­o­lu­tion for pro­posed Walker County TSPLOST

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Adam Cook

A pend­ing vote on a pro­posed trans­porta­tion tax could af­fect some Fort Oglethorpe res­i­dents liv­ing in a unique por­tion of Walker County.

While the ma­jor­ity of the city of Fort Oglethorpe lies in Ca­toosa County, a por­tion of the city crosses over into Walker County, where a pro­posed Trans­porta­tion Spe­cial Pur­pose Lo­cal Op­tion Sales Tax (TSPLOST) is slated to be on the bal­lot in Novem­ber.

On Mon­day night, Aug. 28, Fort Oglethorpe’s City Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved an in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment with Walker County to take part in the county’s TSPOLST plan if it gets ap­proved.

The tax is a oneper­cent sales tax in­crease, in which the col­lected oneper­cent would then be used for up­grades to trans­porta­tion, main­te­nance, and road­work up­grades

The res­o­lu­tion in sup­port of the in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment with Walker County means that the Fort Oglethorpe roads that fall in Walker County could reap the ben­e­fits of any po­ten­tial TSPLOST up­grades.

“The main thing to know is that this is a TSPLOST that is go­ing to be on the bal­lot in Novem­ber for Walker County,” Mayor Earl Gray said. “We are not ap­prov­ing a one-per­cent tax af­fect­ing the city of Fort Oglethorpe or Ca­toosa County. This is some­thing Mr. Shan­non Whit­field (Walker County sole com­mis­sioner) is work­ing on for Walker County, and since we do have a few res­i­dents in Walker County, it does need our ap­proval.”

Gray ex­plained that those res­i­dents liv­ing in the area dis­cussed can vote on the mat­ter, and that it won’t im­pact the ma­jor­ity of the city.

“If it does pass in Walker County, the same per­cent­ages will be dis­persed to our city to be used on those roads in Walker County,” Gray said. “We don’t want peo­ple think­ing that we’re vot­ing to automatically vote in a one-per­cent tax be­cause that’s not what we’re do­ing. Mr. Whit­field has elected to give the ci­ti­zens in Walker County the op­tion to vote on this and we’re sim­ply agree­ing to it. Those res­i­dents in our city that live in Walker County will have the same op­tion to vote on it as all Walker County res­i­dents do.”

In other road­related news, the coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved a pav­ing con­tract for two streets.

“This project is for the milling, pav­ing, and strip­ing of two city roads — South Cedar Lane and Fort Town Drive,” said Jeff Long, di­rec­tor of Public Works and the city’s Recre­ation De­part­ment. “The bids came in for the as­phalt resur­fac­ing at $105 per ton, strip­ing is $1,200 per line mile, and the milling is $4 per square yard. The es­ti­mated amount to do this is $196,000.”

Long says the fund­ing will come from Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion 2017 fund­ing and 2014 SPLOST funds.

Fort Oglethorpe Public Works and Recre­ation De­part­ment Di­rec­tor Jeff Long (left) dis­cusses city road work dur­ing the Aug. 28 city coun­cil meet­ing. (Ca­toosa News photo/Adam Cook)

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