Locust Grove discusses potential SPLOST projects

Locust Grove City Manager Tim Young details various projects for the city to pursue in SPLOST V while Mayor Robert Price listens at a City Council meeting Monday.

LOCUST GROVE – The Locust Grove City Council reviewed potential items that could appear on the SPLOST V referendum in November.

Each of the county’s four cities will be responsible for setting their own projects for the referendum. For Locust Grove, many of these projects will involve transportation improvements.

Tim Young, Locust Grove city manager, detailed a number of these projects during the City Council meeting Monday.

These projects include a proposed roundabout at Bill Gardner Parkway and Ga. Highway 42 as well as the completion of Phase II of the Locust Grove Municipal Complex.

Young said that phase would center around parking in the complex, which currently consists of Locust Grove City Hall and its Public Safety building but not much in the way of parking around the buildings.

“We need parking,” Young said.

Other projects include the general repaving of roads, especially in older subdivisions, water and sewer enhancements, as well as water and sewer debt retirement.

According to city documents, an estimated $6 million to $6.8 million will be received by Locust Grove if the SPLOST is a six-year program. The four cities will receive differing levels according to their populations.

However, the city’s wishlist for projects has an estimated price tag of $9.9 million, which means the city, if it includes all projects on the SPLOST list, would have to hope for other sources of matching funds, or for SPLOST collections to exceed estimations, similar to what has happened with SPLOST IV.

The county is in the process of finalizing its project list for SPLOST V.

An intergovernmental agreement between the county and its four cities will need to be approved by Aug. 1 if the project list is approved in June.

The county anticipates taking in around $245 million over SPLOST V’s six-year collection cycle if it is approved by voters in November. The county will use $183,750,000 of those funds, while the four cities — Stockbridge, McDonough, Hampton and Locust Grove — will divide $61,250,000 between them.

According to the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, a SPLOST ballot question must provide the total estimated revenue amount, a general list of all proposed projects and the length of time the SPLOST will be collected.

In addition, the ballot question is an “all-or-nothing” proposition. If a ballot question passes, all of the projects will be approved, and if it fails, no projects will be approved.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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