RN-T.com – Rich says SPLOST projects should be special

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Jun

RN-T.com – Rich says SPLOST projects should be special

Rome’s Assistant City Manager Sammy Rich reminded downtown merchants Friday that a key word in “special purpose, local option sales tax” is “special.”

“The 2012 SPLOST that failed, what we heard a lot of was ‘patrol cars, dump trucks that’s not exciting, that’s not special’ and I don’t disagree with that,” Rich said. “To me special purpose is pretty clear. What is a special project?”

Presentations to a citizens advisory committee, which will make recommendation as to what projects should be included in a SPLOST package to be voted on in November, were wrapped up Thursday night. Rich said the citizens committee would sift through the projects during the next months and make a recommendation on what projects should be included in the package by August 1.

Rich said $180 million worth of projects have been submitted for consideration, but a lot of good projects won’t make the cut to fit into the $60 million to $65 million range that could be funded by a 50-month SPLOST.

Rich focused on projects he felt would have the most impact on the downtown community and said the proposed Tennis Center of Georgia in Armuchee, a $14 million project, does fit the definition of special and would be hugely beneficial for the downtown business owners.

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