HAMPTON — The city of Hampton has scheduled a meeting for Monday, June 17 at 6 p.m. to discuss special purpose local option sales tax V projects. The meeting will take place at Hampton City Hall, and is open to the public.
The meeting was announced at the suggestion of City Manager Alex Cohilas, who said the city needed to schedule meetings with the public to make up for lost time.
“The county wants us to have our project list done by June 28,” Cohilas said. “We’re playing catch up. We got some good feedback from the public the last time we had a public meeting.”
The city of Hampton is expected to receive an estimated $7,129,500 over the course of the six-year SPLOST program, should the voters approve it in November.
Cohilas reviewed a number of projects that have already been proposed for the SPLOST project list, including a proposed master plan in the area of the Nash Farm Battlefield. Cohilas said he had heard the funds were intended for an amphitheater in the area.
Cohilas said he was concerned with a lack of confirmed street projects in the District 2 SPLOST list. The city limits of Hampton are exclusively a part of Henry County’s District 2. For that, he suggested that the city could team up with Commissioner Dee Clemmons to possibly fund street projects in the city to help the city get the most of SPLOST V, should it pass.
“We would benefit if we spoke to our district commissioner. We could make our funds go further and get some of those (district funds) earmarked for Hampton streets.”
Cohilas said the city of Hampton has 144 streets that represent around 41 linear miles of streets in the city.
“Just to resurface a street costs between $250,000 and $325,000 per linear mile, depending on the condition,” Cohilas said.
Cohilas said a number of Hampton’s roads are “in pretty desperate need” right now, and the city would need help to get the roads repaved.
“We couldn’t do it all in one fiscal year,” Cohilas said. “It would be a pretty heavy burden to do it ourselves.”
SPLOST V will be the fifth iteration of SPLOST, a 1 percent sales tax.
The referendum is an “all or nothing” question. If voters approve the referendum, the county and its four cities will be obligated to build every item included in the project list. However, if voters deny the referendum, none of the projects will be built using SPLOST funds.
If approved, SPLOST V collections will begin in April, starting when SPLOST IV collections cease at the end of March.