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Commissioners Approve Intergovernmental Agreement For a SPLOST IV Program

Commissioners Approve Intergovernmental Agreement For a SPLOST IV Program
Henry County Commission Chairman Tommy Smith signs the SPLOST IV intergovernmental agreement with the cities of Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough, and Stockbridge, as the mayors look on, (from left to right), Mayor Robert Price of Locust Grove, Mayor Billy Copeland of McDonough, Mayor Chris Moore of Hampton, and Mayor Pro Tem Richard Steinberg of Stockbridge.

The Henry County Board of Commissioners has approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Cities of Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough, and Stockbridge to proceed with putting a referendum on the upcoming November 2013 election ballot regarding a one percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to fund capital and transportation projects in the community.  The action took place during a joint meeting with the four cities at the Henry County Administration Building on July 29, during which the cities also confirmed their approval of the intergovernmental agreement.

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 about $20 million 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 visit http://www.co.henry.ga.us/SPLOST/SPLOSTIV.shtml

As the SPLOST III program expires in March 2014, if the SPLOST IV program is approved by voters in November, it would continue the penny sales tax beginning in April for another six years.  It would not be an additional tax.  

* 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.

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