At the first meeting of the Jackson County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) V Citizens Advisory Committee on May 1, the group discussed the SPLOST money spent by each town and the county.
Jackson County Finance Director Logan Propes, presented information on the total collected since SPLOST 5 began in 2011.
The total collected in 2011 was $4.08 million, $9.2 million in 2012 and thus far in 2013 $1.92 million for a total of $15.21 million.
Propes said based on the current average the collection is projected at $54.77 million. The original projection for the six-year SPLOST was $47.52 million.
The committee was presented a breakdown of how much each municipality and the county has spent the funds.
To date, this is how each city and the county have spent their funds for previously-designated projects:
•City of Arcade - $420,852 for debt reduction of its public safety complex.
•City of Braselton - $38,542 for Highway 124 re-alignment and Highway 53 widening design contract work.
•City of Commerce - $114,707 for recreation land; $16,000 for ballfield netting; and $73,755 for park bathroom renovations, project not yet completed.
•City of Hoschton - $237,378 for water-sewer debt.
•City of Jefferson - $367,346 for recreation bond payments; and $34,717 permitting for Parks Creek Reservoir.
•City of Maysville - $10,970 to remodel city hall; and $13 for checks.
•City of Nicholson - $83,227 for paving and patching city streets; $24,905 for park concessions and restrooms; $31,717 for park basketball courts; $4,952 for gutters on the library; $14,347 for historic preservation; $14,322 for a tractor and blower; $3,150 for a septic tank; and $8,836 for library, shop and community center water lines.
•City of Pendergrass - $2,246 for work on Joyce Wilkerson Park ; and $35,733 for Street lights and signs for Highway 332.
•City of Talmo – None spent.
•Jackson County - $1,029,900 for county debt service; $465,215 for parks and recreation projects; and $1,137,411 for roads and bridges projects.
Tom Walden, Hoschton, asked for some clarification on how some of the cites have used their SPLOST 5 revenue. He asked about the $13 that the City of Maysville spent on checks.
Propes explained that the City of Maysville probably ordered checks for a special SPLOST 5 account that they set up for the revenue coming in.
Walden also voiced concern with a city, or the county, spending more than they have taken in thus far.
There was also some discussion on the legality of spending any leftover funds from one designated project on another project in the city our county.
The committee will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the auditorium of the Jackson County Administrative Building, 67 Athens Street, Jefferson.
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