HENRY COUNTY, GA- July 24, 2020—Due to the unforeseen circumstances involving the coronavirus pandemic, the Henry County Board of Commissioners’ previously approved resolution to move forward with a TSPLOST referendum has been rescinded. The action came at the July 21 Commission meeting.

In a 5-1 vote, with District V Commissioner Bruce Holmes in opposition, the Board approved a resolution to withdraw preparations to present a TSPLOST referendum to voters in the November 2020 election. The resolution also directs staff to continue planning efforts with the cities and to focus on evenly distributing funds among each district for future TSPLOST projects. 

County Attorney Patrick Jaugstetter gave the presentation, reminding the Board of the June 10 adopted resolution and of the time sensitive process.

“We were on an extraordinary tight schedule when we had the recent COVID outbreak that caused us to slow down our meeting and public meeting schedules. And we had to cancel the required joint meeting with our four cities,” said Jaugstetter. “As a result of that delay, I don’t think it is going to be feasible at all based on the time limits that we are required to meet between now and when this matter goes on the ballot.”

Because of timeliness, Jaugstetter then suggested that the referendum be presented to voters in the March 2021 election. 

Holmes said that because 2021 is not an election year, the best way for TSPLOST to pass is by waiting until 2022.
District IV Commissioner Vivian Thomas acknowledged the importance and impact a TSPLOST would have on the growth and development of Henry County.

District II Commissioner Dee Clemmons and District III Commissioner Gary Barham both agreed that partnering with the Henry County Board of Education is worth trying in efforts to pass both an ESPLOST and TSPLOST in March of 2021.

Chair June Wood shared similar remarks.

“I agree, we need to move forward with planning and identify any issues that we have with joint agreements with the cities,” said Wood. “We need to plan with our transportation director some priorities and coordinate these projects, not just internally within Henry County but also coordinate with GDOT and the Atlanta Regional Commission as well.”