By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
The Rome-Floyd SPLOST Committee is getting ever closer to having a complete list of projects for the proposed penny tax.
At Thursday’s meeting, the committee managed to narrow 42, multi-million-dollar proposed projects down to under $69 million. The next step, says Floyd County Committee Representative Rhonda Wallace, is for the local government to further whittle their proposals down so those left will fall under the $65 million cap.
“There’s still a great number on there, so what we agreed to do is take that list of $68 million and the city and the county will get together and we will see if there’s a way to reduce some of those projects down to get it below $63-65 million,” Wallace says.
A new Animal Control Facility still tops committee members’ list of priorities, followed closely by the $14.1 million USTA Tennis Center. Other projects that have made the cut thus far are the Fannin Hall Rehabilitation in Cave Spring, a waterline extension to Everett Springs in Armuchee, and security improvements to the Floyd County Jail.
Wallace says the committee fully expects to have a final list of projects after this Thursday’s meeting, which will give members nearly two-full months to educate the public before the November vote.