HAMPTON — The Hampton City Council has voted in favor of a 70/30 revenue split for the proposed SPLOST V referendum at a called meeting on Wednesday.
The council voted unanimously for the revenue split and approved its project list for the SPLOST sales tax following a brief presentation from City Manager Alex Cohilas, who expressed disappointment over the county’s decision to stick with the 75/25 revenue split.
“Their position is unsound,” Cohilas said. “I wish they’d rethink their position. It could well lead to the defeat of SPLOST and hurt everyone.”
Officials with the Henry County government have stated before that they will not support an intergovernmental agreement that includes a 70/30 revenue split, arguing that the county has been operating on the assumption that the SPLOST would operate with a 75/25 split since last year.
On Thursday morning, the county and all four cities will meet to formulate an intergovernmental agreement for the SPLOST. In addition to Hampton, Stockbridge and Locust Grove have both expressed their support for the 70/30 split. On Monday, McDonough voted to sign an IGA that would represent a 75/25 split.
Hampton’s project list consists of seven categories and has a budget of around $8,543,554, which is based on the 70/30 revenue split, with 30% of the SPLOST V proceeds being split between the county’s four cities.
The category with the largest amount of funding is roads and sidewalks at $3 million, followed by $1.5 million each for water and sewer improvements and $1.5 million for capital improvements, $753,554 for greenspace and trail development, $750,000 for parks, $540,000 for public safety improvements and $500,000 for economic development.
“These are initial estimated budgets,” Cohilas said. “As we allocate specific projects, and we go to bids, these budgets may fluctuate from one category to another.”
Cohilas said if one project came in under budget, another project could be funded using some of those remaining SPLOST funds that would have gone unspent.