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SPLOST Committee Discusses 40-plus Projects

May 24, 2013 -- 10:27pm
By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
A new Animal Control Facility, a runway extension at the Airport and an Aquatic Center are just a few of the projects citizens’ have proposed for a possible 2013 SPLOST. 
The SPLOST Advisory Committee reviewed a list of over 40 projects at their Thursday meeting, with an estimated combined worth of $180 million. Now, the process begins in weeding those plans down to a cost of $60 Million, as that is the projected amount a 5-year SPLOST would rank in. 
Next up for the committee, is actually hearing from the projects’ submitters, says Rhonda Wallace, Floyd County Commissioner. 
“We will have those people who have filled out the applications come to the meetings on Thursdays and present them,” Wallace says. “We will be able to ask them questions, so we will feel comfortable deciding which projects are needed the most.” 
There were some highly publicized and expected projects on the list, like the proposed Tennis Center of Georgia. And then there were some surprises, like lightening and seating improvements at the Rome City Auditorium.  
“That was one that caught a lot of people’s attention, that we would need improvements to the city auditorium,” Wallace says. “There were projects for new playground equipments at the parks. It was just a wide-range of projects out there that people wanted to talk about.” 
The next SPLOST Advisory Committee meeting will be held this Thursday at the new Emergency Operations Center at 7 p.m. 
All plans are steaming right ahead to place the 2013 penny tax on a November ballot. 

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