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Address: 112 Zack Hinton Pkwy, McDonough, GA 30253
Tel: (770) 288-7319 / Fax: (770) 288-7354
Capital Projects Director - Ronald Burckhalter
transportation Projects Director - Roque Romero

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Henry County SPLOST Management

Mission Statement

The goal of the SPLOST Management Team is to ensure every project funded by the SPLOST initiative will provide the County a higher level of service by increasing, improving and enhancing all services, as requested by the voters. This will result in Henry County being a better place to live, work and play. While accomplishing these tasks, SPLOST shall work to minimize public inconvenience, protect public safety, and control the environmental impacts of the projects, in the most cost effective manner possible

SPLOST stands for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. SPLOST is an optional one percent County sales tax, which the State of Georgia allows counties to collect to fund specific improvement projects. SPLOST must be approved by voters in a general referendum in order to be enacted.

SPLOST I - In September 1996, the residents of Henry County voted to approve the first SPLOST program. Between the start of collections in January 1997 and the end of SPLOST I collections in December 2001, the county collected a total of $72,312,591. During the SPLOST I program, approximately 57 percent of the funding was dedicated to road improvements and approximately 43 percent for buildings and parks.

SPLOST II - The residents of Henry County again voted to approve a new SPLOST II program in November 2002. Collection of the one-cent sales tax started in April 2003, and ran through March 2008, with the county receiving $131,564,883 during the 60-month period. The majority of the revenue from the sales tax, 70%, was used on road and bridge improvements. Public buildings and park and recreation projects were constructed with the remaining 30% of the sales tax revenue. County staff handled management of the SPLOST II program.

SPLOST III - Thanks to an intergovernmental agreement between the County and its four municipalities, SPLOST III, which was approved in November 2007, lasted for 72 months (six years) and had no cap on revenues.  The County received 75% of the tax revenue, and the four municipalities received 25% for their own projects.  Collections began in April 2008 and ran through March 2014.  Once again, the majority of the revenue, 70%, was used for road improvements with the remaining 30% balance going to building construction and park improvements.  Total revenue collections for SPLOST III are estimated to be $173.5M.

SPLOST IV - The fourth SPLOST was passed in November 2013.  Collections began on April 1, 2014 and will run through March 31, 2020.  Based on a revenue projection of $190M, Henry County’s portion of 75% will yield $142.5M for county projects, while the cities of Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough and Stockbridge will share the remaining 25% or $47.5M.  For a complete list of SPLOST IV approved projects, please see the SPLOST IV Master list.

School systems are also allowed a SPLOST for school construction and improvements. The Henry County School System renewed its E-SPLOST in November 2011, and started collecting January 2013. The county SPLOST and school E-SPLOST are separate taxes.

Project map By District

Henry County Board of Commissioners - District mapHenry County District 5 Henry County District 4 Henry County District 2 Henry County District 3 Henry County District 1

To locate the SPLOST projects for a specific District, please click on one of the areas of the map above. 

SPLOST IV

The Henry County Board of Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Cities of Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough, and Stockbridge. By entering into an intergovernmental agreement, Henry County, together with the four cities, is permitted to collect the sales tax for a period of six years, rather than the five year limit that would be the cap without such an agreement in place.  In addition, the County and cities were together able to decide how the funds would be allocated, resulting a 75/25 split between the County and its four municipalities.  Of the 25 percent that will go to the cities, Hampton will receive 11.64 percent, Locust Grove will receive 8.99 percent, McDonough will receive 36.74 percent, and Stockbridge will receive 42.64 percent.

Based on a revenue projection of $190 million, Henry County’s portion of 75 percent will yield $142.5 million for county projects.  This includes approximately $42.5 million in county-wide, tier 1 projects, including the following:

911 Radio Communications System for the County $7 million
Ambulances $380,000
2nd Building of Southern Crescent Technical College* $5 million
DOT Construction Equipment Replacement $450,000
Jail Renovation/New Pod Design $1.5 million
Airport FBO $1 million
Animal Control Facility Improvements and Equipment $100,000
30 Police Patrol Vehicles $1,406,806
Fire Stations (3 new) $6 million
Fire Department Capital Equipment $2.1 million
Probate Court Building Improvements $220,000
Police Station (North end of the County - Fairview area) $4 million
New Interchange on I-75 South of SR 155** $5.5 million
SPLOST Program Management $3.9 million
Sewer to Airport $2 million
Sewer to Fairview $2 million

The balance of approximately $100 million will be divided equally among the five commission districts, providing each one $19,988,639.00 to allocate for capital and transportation projects, according to their district’s needs and priorities. To view a complete list of all the SPLOST IV projects, please click below:

* Funding of Technical School Building subject to a valid property interest being conveyed to the County and one or more municipalities by the State of Georgia or instrumentality thereof.
** Funding of Interchange @ I-75 subject to final determination that this project is a “transportation facility” under SPLOST law.


Oversight Committee

The Henry County Board of Commissioners appointed a SPLOST IV Committee that was composed of 12 members, including two members appointed by each commissioner and one member appointed by the Chairman. For the last appointment, the cities appointed their City Manager to represent their city. The Commissioners’ appointments were as follows:

MemBER APPOINTED BY
Wayne Greer Chairman
Andy Calloway District I
Susan Craig District I
Arley Lowe District II
Edward Toney District II
John Smith District III
Richard Craig District III
linda Moye District IV
Johnny Basler (Vice Chairman) District IV
Carlotta Harrell District V
Steve Cash (Chairman) District V

Over the course of 13 weeks, the SPLOST IV Committee took public input and worked closely with County staff to formulate their list of recommended projects. The list was based on projected revenues of $190 million and a 75/25 split between the County and its four municipalities. That left $142.5 million for the County’s share. Using that figure as a guide, committee members first established a list of county-wide projects, then compiled a capital and transportation project list according to their district needs and priorities.

Please see the links below to view a list of all the committee recommended SPLOST IV projects, including details about the projects for each district.


Meeting Minutes

Staff

Roque Romero
Transportation Project Director
770-288-7325
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Ron Burckhalter
Capital Projects Director
770-288-7339
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Lynn Planchon
Asst. Project/Purchasing Manager
770-288-7332
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Leanna Sims
Office Manager
770-288-7320
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Dana Holder
Right of Way Coordinator
770-288-7322
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Chae Yi 
Civil Engineer III
770-288-7326
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Bert Bivins
Construction Project Manager
770-288-7329
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Micheal Hill
Construction Coordinator
770-288-7328
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Danny Hubbard
Construction Inspector
770-288-7327
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David Lynch 
Construction Inspector
770-288-7324
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