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Posted on: March 18, 2022

2017 SPLOST projects receive additional funding

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NEWTON COUNTY, GA - The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved forward with several expansions of community projects during its March 15, 2022, Regular Meeting.

Newton County’s Senior Center, a future park in the Spring Hill community, a future youth facility in the west side of the county and fire services all received additional funding from unallocated 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds. All of the projects were approved by Newton County voters in the 2017 SPLOST referendum.

See the full list of 2017 SPLOST projects here.

Since the passing of the 2017 SPLOST, sales tax revenues have steadily increased in Newton County. During Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting, Newton County Finance Director Brittany White informed the board of $18.5 million in available unallocated 2017 SPLOST funds.

According to state law, unallocated funds can only be used for underfunded SPLOST project or debt reduction.

  • The following projects were approved by the board for use of available unallocated SPLOST funds:
  • Fire Truck - $150,000 in addition to original $792,000 originally allocated;
  • Spring Hill Park -  $3 million in addition to the 495,000 originally allocated;
  • Denny Dobbs Skate Park in District 2 Improvements - $750,000 in addition to the $495,000 originally allocated;
  • Senior Services Expansion - $1,125,000 in addition to the $1,783,537 originally allocated; and
  • Westside Youth Facility - $3,755,000 in addition to the $495,000 originally allocated.

The available unallocated funds approved Tuesday are in addition to $9 million for the E-911 Radio project, $400,000 for Washington Street Community Center and $320 for the Highway 278 Community Improvement District.

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