Jackson County citizens want to know what projects will be completed with the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Several citizens and elected officials spoke about SPLOST accountability during a town hall meeting held Saturday morning.

Jackson County Board of Commissioners chairman Tom Crow said the county is re-evaluating its SPLOST review process. The county will have three review committees if the SPLOST VI is passed (one for water and sewer; roads, sidewalks and bridges; and building construction).

All SPLOST projects will be presented to one of the committees.

“We feel like this will help to restore some of the negative press that SPLOST V received because of, maybe, some unethical use of SPLOST money,” said Crow.

The committees will review the projects and the proposed budgets and can publish public notices. But the committees do not have the power to stop a project.

Several citizens spoke at the meeting about how to hold the county and cities accountable. Jefferson resident Rock Feeman expressed concerns with the potential misuse of SPLOST funding.

“I am concerned about what happened in Nicholson,” said Feeman. “I’m concerned it could happen any place else.”

Other citizens questioned who ensures SPLOST projects are completed and recommended that the county and cities have a public, detailed list of planned projects.

For more coverage on the SPLOST town hall meeting, see the Jan. 20 edition of The Jackson Herald.

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