SPLOST V committee to hold inaugural meeting July 23

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

For most of the last quarter-century Henry County government has funded scores of projects through a one-cent SPLOST (special-purpose local option sales tax). Collections on the current cycle, known as SPLOST IV, do not end until March of 2020 but officials are trying to get ahead of the curve and plan for a referendum that would extend the tax beyond that time frame.

A SPLOST V committee has been formed and its inaugural meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 23, 6 p.m. in Conference Room B of the county administration building, 140 Henry Parkway in McDonough. It is open to the public.

The primary task of the committee will be to fashion a project list for approval by the Board of Commissioners in advance of a November 2019 referendum. A fixed project list must be in place and included as part of the referendum itself before it can be placed on the ballot.

Committee members are appointed by each county commissioner as well as each of the county’s four cities. As SPLOST revenue is divided among all of the municipalities, each city will have a stake in the creation of the project list and city managers will be invited to participate in all meetings.

The meeting locations will change so that citizens in all areas of the county have easier access. The tentative schedule is for two meetings per month (except only one in December) with two meetings to take place in each of the five county commission districts and one meeting each in all four of the county’s cities.

The Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider the SPLOST project list in the spring and adopt the referendum language May 7, 2019.

Committee members appointed thus far, according to information obtained from county staff last week, include Clayton Carte, Tom Israel, David Linton, Mike Elrod, Carlotta Harrell and Claud Spinks.