Valdosta Daily Times

July 23, 2013

Commission hears SPLOST VII proposal

Stuart Taylor
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — At the work session Monday morning, the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners heard from County Manager Joe Pritchard as he presented a proposal for SPLOST VII.

Of the projected SPLOST VII funds, Lowndes would receive $62.4 million, or roughly 41.6 percent, of total estimated funds that the special purpose local option sales tax would generate in the county, the City of Valdosta and the other municipalities that are located within Lowndes County.

Lowndes would earmark a lion’s share of its SPLOST VII funds to road, street and drain expenditures, such as paving, widening and resurfacing. Such projects would receive $26.8 million, or 43 percent, of the county’s share.

Water and sewer projects would receive $17.5 million, while public safety would utilize its $10.78 million for a number of items, including its portion of the new city-county countywide radio system.

Parks and Recreation would receive $3.5 million, and $3.7 million would go toward general facility improvements.

The commission also discussed:

• Ken Ferrell asking not to be reappointed, the Lowndes County Department of Family and Children Services Board has recommended Ellen Golden, a local attorney, for the position.

• Renewing prison detail work contracts with the Georgia Department of Corrections.

• Approving a letter written in conjunction with Lovell Engineering to respond to the Notice of Violation received from the State Environmental Protection Division concerning Alapaha Water Treatment Plant.

• Executing a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation providing 30.79 miles of traffic stripes, signs and raised pavement markers.

• Adopting a resolution accepting the roads of the Barrington Subdivision for county maintenance.

• Renewing the insurance premium for the county’s insurance program for property, automobile, machinery and general liability for public officials and law enforcement.

• Approving a resolution to amend the Georgia Employee Benefits Corporation to allow two employees from the Tax Commissioners Office to enter into the county’s retirement plan, as opposed to the state’s retirement plan.