The Last City SPLOST Meetings Are This Week

Photo shows Interstate 75 and overhead road sign with “Henry County SPLOST VI November 5, 2024” (AA Roads photo / Sign Maker by Brendon Stowe sign).
(AA Roads photo / Sign Maker by Brendon Stowe sign)

Residents have two more opportunities to share their feedback on possible SPLOST VI projects. The last city SPLOST meetings are this week, May 20 and May 23.

The county and cities are considering possible projects for the SPLOST VI program. Voters will consider this November whether to renew the local sales tax.

City SPLOST Meetings

Residents are invited to this week’s city SPLOST meetings. They will be at the following dates and times:

  • Locust Grove SPLOST Meeting
    Monday, May 20, at 6 pm
    Locust Grove Public Safety Building
  • McDonough SPLOST Meeting
    Thursday, May 23, at 6 pm
    McDonough City Hall

At each meeting, county staff will present an overview on projects the county is considering in SPLOST VI. The city will also have an opportunity to share projects they are considering. Finally, residents can share their feedback and suggestions for potential projects.

In June, the SPLOST committee will hold one final meeting. This will be on Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 pm. It will be at Henry County Administration Building in McDonough. There, the committee will recommend its project list. Afterwards, the committee’s recommendations then go to the board of commissioners. The BOC may make changes to the list before adopting a final project list later this summer.

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The county’s current SPLOST program started collections in April 2020. Voters approved it in November 2019. The five-year program is slated to go through next spring. The county must now ask voters to consider its renewal. This ballot question will be on the November election. If voters approve it, then SPLOST VI tax collections would begin on April 1, 2025.

Henry County staff have estimated that SPLOST VI could collect $380 million during a five-year program or $470 million in a six-year program. The length of the program is based on whether the county and four cities enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA). The IGA allows the program to be six years. The county and each city then receives a portion of the collections.

SPLOST funds may pay for a variety of capital projects. Examples include road improvements, intersections and roundabouts, new parks or park upgrades, and public safety needs like fire stations. They may not be spent on maintenance or operating costs.

Featured image shows Interstate 75 and SPLOST VI road sign. AA Roads photo / Sign Maker by Brendon Strowe sign.

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