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McDONOUGH — On Thursday, the McDonough City Council reviewed proposed items that would go on the SPLOST V ballot for the city to pursue.

In a presentation from City Administrator Keith Dickerson, it was revealed that the city has an estimated $27.68 million in projects proposed, which includes $3.9 million in bonded projects.

Of that $27.68 million:

♦ $17.6 million would go to transportation projects, including roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation facilities;

♦ $6.3 million would go to public safety facilities and equipment;

♦ $2.65 million would go to community development facilities;

♦ $880,000 would go to parks and recreation facilities; and

♦ $250,000 would go to public works facilities and equipment.

A total of $9.7 million would be earmarked for road improvements and $1.5 million for sidewalks. Intersection improvements at Bridges Road and McDonough Parkway would get $1.2 million, while a realignment of Bridges and Simpson Street would get $1.5 million.

A new community center, included in the project list, has an estimated $1.5 million price tag, while work on unnamed cultural, recreational or historical facilities would cost an estimated $800,000.

The city is also looking at a proposed fire station on McDonough Parkway, which would cost $3.6 million, new fire trucks worth $900,000, and police cars worth $1 million.

No action was taken by the McDonough City Council at Thursday’s meeting.

SPLOST V will be the fifth iteration of SPLOST, a 1% sales tax. The county is in the process of determining its own project list that will go on the SPLOST referendum.

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. The county has estimated it will receive around $245 million from the sales tax.

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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