The city of Savannah’s desire to make a new arena a countywide priority project on the next sales-tax referendum in November has been rejected by Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott.
The city had asked that the $120 million for the arena, in addition to $25 million for a police headquarters, be designated a level two funding priority that would receive sales tax revenue before other projects on the list.
The city also submitted $158 million worth of separate Savannah projects for consideration.
Scott said he would not make the arena a priority project and has asked the city to cut down its wish list so the cost did not exceed $190 million.
“I think that is a lot of money,” he said. “That could get them an arena and the police headquarters. They just need to set their priorities.”
On Monday, Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson said she still hopes to get the arena and police precinct approved as countywide priority projects.