Corey Hull of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Metropolitan Planning Organization (VLMPO) explained T-SPLOST at the regular monthly meeting, Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority (VLCIA). Georgia HB 277, which was passed by the legislature and signed into law last year, calls for a 1% regional sales tax (T-SPLOST) to fund transportation projects.
The region including Lowndes County has 18 counties, the same counties as for the Southern Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC), which is the organization Corey Hull works for and that hosts VLMPO. According to SGRC, those counties are:
Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Pierce, Tift, Turner, and Ware.
All municipalities in the region were supposed to submit a list of proposed projects by March 31. Here is Lowndes County’s list. The City of Valdosta submitted an even more extensive and expensive list; we’ll post that later.
In June and July an executive roundtable will pick among the projects proposed. Current estimates are that T-SPLOST will raise $55 – $80 million dollars per year, so the committee must select the project lists down to fit that estimate. (I don’t know whether that is for this region or for the state.) In October of this year the roundtable must select the projects. The voters will vote on them in a referendum 21 August 2012. If the voters don’t approve T-SPLOST for a region, municipalities in that region must pay a penalty.
Corey Hull of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Metropolitan Planning Organization (VLMPO)
at the regular monthly meeting, Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority (VLCIA)
Norman Bennett, Roy Copeland, Tom Call, Mary Gooding, Jerry Jennett chairman,
J. Stephen Gupton attorney, Brad Lofton Executive Director,
Allan Ricketts Program Manager, 15 February 2011.
Videos by John S. Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.
More in the next TSPLOST post