By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
The excruciating process has begun for the SPLOST Advisory Committee as they attempt to whittle over $135 million worth of projects down to less than half of that.
At their Thursday meeting, all 12 committee members compiled the 12 projects they believed were priorities for the proposed penny tax. The most popular among these was the new $6 million Animal Control Facility, which made 11 of the 12 delegates’ lists.
Though clearly the most contentious, the USTA Tennis Center made nine committee members’ lists, supporters citing its multi-million economic impact.
No matter the project that does end up on the November ballot, Chairman David Newby says educating the public is key.
“When the committee finalizes their decision to commissioners and once they’ve accepted it, we thought it would be great for those projects that would be on the SPLOST to have a forum,” Newby says, “where we could set up booths that would allow people to come by and learn more about the projects---to be able to ask questions. We want voters to be fully informed when they go to the voting booths in November.”
Several projects did not make any committee members list of 12, including renovations for tourism at Jackson Hill and improvements at several area sports complexes and playgrounds.