Com­mit­tee dis­cusses SPLOST, up­com­ing projects for county

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­

3RON¶V ¿QDQFH FRPPLWWHH KDV EHHQ hard at work crunch­ing num­bers, and the team of­fered up­dates on their bud­get and some fu­ture pur­chases.

The 2020 SPLOST was one of the more an­tic­i­pated items dis­cussed dur­ing the ses­sion held on July 18, with the re­quest for the new Spe­cial Pur­pose, Lo­cal Op­tion Sales Tax ex­ten­sion set to come up for vote later this year by the cit­i­zens of Polk County.

“The cities and I have met again,” County Man­ager Matt Den­ton said. “We have talked about terms, and there’s noth­ing dras­tic about them. (They are the) same terms as last time. We’re all ready to con­sider res­o­lu­tions con­cern­ing dol­lar amounts and get it out to the pub­lic in Novem­ber.”

SPLOST, or spe­cial-pur­pose localop­tion sales tax, is an op­tional in­crease in sales tax used by coun­ties to fund in­fra­struc­ture, fa­cil­i­ties, and much more. The county has been us­ing SPLOST for years, but how much money will be distributed to the cities must be re­worked.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the amount of money col­lected is be­ing kept con­ser­va­tive for the time be­ing, with $32 mil­lion DV WKH ¿JXUH VRXJKW IRU WKH SPLOST draw that would con­tinue through 2026.

Lo­cal en­ti­ties are cur­rently op­er­at­ing un­der the 2014 SPLOST, which has come in un­der ex­pec­ta­tions thus far.

$UDJRQ ZDV WKH ¿UVW HQWLW\ WR SDVV a res­o­lu­tion go­ing for­ward with the SPLOST ex­ten­sion dur­ing their July coun­cil ses­sion.

The county is look­ing to make some re­pairs and up­grades to Court­house 2, the old 911 build­ing, the jail, and the old pub­lic works fa­cil­ity. Hav­ing al­ready se­lected Prime Con­trac­tors IRU WKH ZRUN WKH ¿QDQFH FRPPLWWHH is wait­ing for cost pro­pos­als.

“These prop­er­ties are be­ing looked at by a com­pany called Prime Con­trac­tors,” Den­ton said. “The city of Cedar­town uses them a lot. They are look­ing at these four projects and I’m an­tic­i­pat­ing, in the next cou­ple of weeks, get­ting pro­pos­als from them. They have the scope, they’ve looked at the four prop­er­ties, so I’m just wait­ing on es­ti­mates.”

Since Prime Con­trac­tors is on the state’s con­tract list, they’re pre-qualL¿HG DQG QR ELGGLQJ LV QHFHVVDU\

The ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing is over­due for a car­pet re­place­ment, so the team is plan­ning to put a bid for the work and ma­te­rial needed.

“We’re go­ing to put out a bid to re­place the car­pet down­stairs,” Den­ton said. “It’s an­tic­i­pated to be be­tween $10,000 and $12,000, so we’re go­ing to put a bid out.”

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