Maybe you’d like to know what are the T-SPLOST projects and how much they cost, so you can decide whether you think the tax is worth it (in addition to all the other considerations). That can take some work. Here’s an example.
Since Gretchen Quarterman asked what $5 million for one intersection would buy, T-SPLOST plans have been filed and a constrained list and then a final list approved by GDOT. Price tags jumped wildly up and down in the constrained list. For example, widening less than 3 miles of Old US 41 North from North Valdosta road to Union Road jumped from $8 million in June 2011 to $12 million in August.
In the final list, this item seems to be the one Gretchen was talking about:
RC11-000100 St Augustine Road at Gornto Road Intersection Improvements
You can find that one line on www.t-splost.com, which seems to be the state’s propaganda site for pushing T-SPLOST.
To find the current dollar amounts, you have to rummage around elsewhere until you find a list by GDOT, which says $2,109,391 for that project, all paid for by T-SPLOST. That’s not $5 million anymore, so this one apparently jumped down in price. This item also includes a cost line item marked UTL, which one would guess is for Utiltiies, of $250,000.
But what does the money go for? That’s yet another document, also on GDOT’s website, called Southern Georgia Region Final Investment List Report TIA, which has the appended details for that Gornto intersection project.
You may wonder where on the web you can find these project sheets broken out like this so you can flip through them; maybe even compare the final, constrained, and unconstrained lists to see how the prices and descriptions varied. I wonder that, too. I made this HTML version for this blog post. You’d think GDOT would make something like that available, if they were interested in offering a good deal to the public.