You got a notice about this meeting two days in advance, if you signed up for the county’s alerts, which is twice as long as they usually do. Special Called Meeting,
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
A special called meeting will be held to adopt the amended SPLOST VIII Agreement.
Date: July 31, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: Board of Commissioners
Address: 327 N. Ashley Street
Valdosta, GA 31601
Here is Lowndes County’s SPLOST VIII Project List. The biggest items are water and sewer at $23 million and sports at $13,274,912, followed by the historic Courthouse at $12 million. Note nothing about Internet speed or access, despite that being supposedly a high priority since the last SPLOST.
The County. 46.21% of the net proceeds of the tax (in an estimated amount of $61,924,932) shall be allocated to the County for the following capital outlay projects:
Project estimated cost • construction of, and improvements to, parks and recreation facilities $ 13,274,932 including athletic fields • improvements to airport terminal facilities $ 2,000,000 • major capital equipment for law enforcement purposes, including $ 2,500,000 law enforcement vehicles, and improvements to law enforcement facilities • improvements to historic courthouse facility $ 12,000,000 • construction of new animal welfare facility $ 3,000,000 • improvements to 9-1-1 call answering and emergency vehicle $ 350,000 dispatch facilities • construction of record storage facilities $ 375,000 • acquisition of property for, and improvements to, health department $ 250,000 facilities • construction of Clyattville community center $ 300,000 • improvements to, and capital equipment for, southside branch library $ 175,000 facility, including new event and educational facilities • improvements to, and capital equipment for, emergency medical $ 550,000 services facilities • improvements to historic Carnegie library museum facility $ 150,000 • improvements to, and maintenance of, road and bridge facilities $ 2,500,000 • capital equipment for public works services $ 1,500,000 • construction of, improvements to, and capital equipment for $ 23,000,000 water and sewer facilities Total $ 61,924,932
Don Davis asks me to note that the $150,000 “improvements to historic Carnegie library museum facility” is for fixing leaks in the roof and other things that need to be done to the building the county owns, and is not a contribution to the Lowndes County Historical Society Museum that is housed in that building.
These lists were in the board packet for the preceding Work and Regular Sessions. Everything the county sent for that packet, plus images of each page, is is on the LAKE website. LAKE looks forward to the county putting all these packet documents on the county’s own website, along with the agenda and agenda sheets.
- Videos: SPLOST VIII, Grassy Pond Sewer, and Hospital Authority funding @ LCC 2019-07-23
- Agenda for that Work Session, and notes: SPLOST VIII, Grassy Pond Sewer, and Hospital Authority funding @ LCC 2019-07-22
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