McDONOUGH – It appears that SPLOST V may have narrowly passed at the polls.

With 16,348 ballots counted, the difference between those that approved and those that voted against it was only 901 votes.

A total of 8,588 votes counted so far, or 52.77 percent of the total, appeared to approve the $204 million, five-year SPLOST collection, while 7,687, or 47.23 percent, voted against.

Meanwhile, voters appeared to approve the Sunday sales of alcohol by the glass at restaurants starting at 11 a.m. A total of 9,851 votes, or 60.53 percent, were in favor as of 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

If approved by voters, the 1 percent sales tax will be continued and used to fund a series of new projects approved earlier this year by the Henry County Board of Commissioners.

Before the cities receive any SPLOST revenue, a group of projects called “Level 2 projects” will receive funding first. Those projects are headlined by the $22 million Henry County Aquatic Center, which will be centrally located near Interstate 75.

A recreation facility, likely in District 2, will have a $2 million price tag. The first part of the county’s fleet replacement plan, which replaces older county vehicles and equipment, budgeted at $1.8 million, is also included in that project list. A police precinct and a rebuild of Fire Station No. 6 in the Fairview area, priced at $6 million, and three fire stations, in Districts 2, 3 and 4 at a cost of $3 million each, are also included.

After those projects receive funding, the county and the cities will then divide the remaining SPLOST revenue. A total of $77,143,937 will go to roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation facilities in the county, $19,600,063 will go to parks and recreation facilities, $1.1 million will fund public building development, construction and renovation, and the remainder of the fleet replacement program will be funded at $12,728,694.

Three police precincts, in districts 2, 3 and 4 will also be funded at a cost of $1.5 million each.

The largest city in Henry County, Stockbridge, will have $20,525,905 to work with by the time the SPLOST collections are done. A total of $9,836,695 will go to civic projects and buildings, while $4,590,458 will go to two separate line items — road projects and sewer, water and stormwater infrastructure; and $1,508,294 will go to park improvements.

McDonough, the county seat of Henry County, will have an estimated $17,681,935 available once SPLOST V collections are completed. This includes $11,080,997 for roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation facilities, $4,051,117 for public safety facilities and equipment, $148,938 for public works facilities and equipment, $524,263 for parks and recreation facilities and $1,876,620 for community development facilities.

Hampton will have $5,594,262 in SPLOST funding, with the biggest portion going to roads, sidewalks and right of way improvements, worth $2,086,489.

Water and sewer enhancements and capital improvements, including municipal buildings, both have a $1,043,244 price tag to them. Green space and trail development are budgeted at $524,094, park improvement and development are budgeted at $521,623 and public safety is budgeted at $375,568.

Locust Grove will have $4,325,204 in SPLOST V funding to work with, with the biggest portion going to roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation facilities, a $3,925,955 budget item.

According to documentation, that budget will go to improving the intersection at Bill Gardner Parkway at Ga. Highway 42, improvements to Ga. Highway 42, Peeksville pedestrian improvements, bicycle shareways, intersections and resurfacing.

A total of $332,708 has been budgeted for construction and renovations of municipal buildings, namely Phase II of the city’s municipal complex, with additional parking and a veterans’ memorial.

The other budget item for Locust Grove is $66,541 for parks and recreation facilities, namely a greenway plan for future development of linkages throughout the city.

Check back with HenryHerald.com for more results as they come in

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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