Friday, July 20, 2001

SPLOST projects to be finalized Tuesday


Coweta's municipalities will finalize their proposed projects for a special purpose sales tax vote next Tuesday.

County Administrator Theron Gay told the city leaders earlier this month that $35 million of the revenue expected from the tax is earmarked for a new justice center.

Gay said the county had projected $88 million generated over five years, assuming a 7.5 percent growth rate.

But if the county grows 11 percent a year, nearly $98 million would be generated.

After the justice center funds are allocated, the county would receive 67 percent of the remaining funds.

The county's municipalities would then share the remaining funds, with Newnan getting 25 percent.

Newnan Mayor Keith Brady said the city is still working on its list for submittal to the county.

Palmetto, which is partially in Coweta County, would receive between $347,000 and $409,000 based on the growth rate.

Palmetto City Administrator Bill Shell said the funds would be used for street and sewer system improvements.

Earlier this week, Senoia officials prepared their list to take to the county.

City officials decided their funds should be spent on road projects, a museum project and water projects.

Senoia Mayor Joan Trammell would like to see Pylant Street reconfigured and a turning lane established for the busy street.

The city has earmarked $250,000 for a museum project, which could include reopening the Buggy Shop Museum or having a historic museum established in the city.

As for water projects, Trammell said the city is looking at building a bigger water tank to accomodate the city's rapid growth.

The SPLOST meeting is set for 4 p.m. at the County Administrative Complex in Newnan.


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