By: Laura-Jane Hatcher
The local government has put their finishing touches on the SPLOST agreement, which will officially see the $64-Million package on the November ballot.
Officials with Floyd County, Cave Spring and Rome met Thursday evening to solidify how SPLOST funds will be divvied if the 5-year penny tax passes in the fall.
The next phase is the formation of a citizen committee who will be tasked with educating the public. Leading the SPLOST’s charge will be Ali Freeman, the Community Outreach Manager at Harbin Clinic.
“There is a large group of citizens who will be out, trying to educate folks on the projects, on the costs and really what a SPLOST is and how it’s important to city and counties,” Rome Mayor Evie McNiece says. “We are all ready and able to answer questions, be able to talk to any groups on what is included in the SPLOST. We do want to make sure people are educated on the SPLOST and the projects.”
If passed, Floyd County will receive the majority of the SPLOST funds at 59.67%. The City of Rome will collect 36.34% to support their 13 projects. And, for the restoration of Fannin Hall, Cave Spring will take 3.99% of the dollars raised.