SPLOST VI Meeting Set For Monday

Officials from Stephens County and its municipalities will start off next week with the latest in a series of meetings to discuss SPLOST VI.

The third in a series of meetings to discuss SPLOST VI will take place Monday at 9 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa.

During these meetings, officials from Stephens County and the county’s municipalities have discussed what projects they would like to include in the SPLOST VI proposal that will go before the county’s voters this November.

Officials have also discussed how the one-cent SPLOST, or Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, revenues should be split between the county and the municipalities if voters approve SPLOST VI.

Stephens County officials have said the county needs to receive 75 percent of SPLOST VI revenues, up from the approximately 65 percent of revenue the county is currently receiving under SPLOST V.

Using the highest revenue projection for SPLOST VI of $21.2 million, the county is proposing to receive nearly $16 million. County officials said top priorities for that money would include improving roads, bridges, and culverts, along with replacing sheriff’s office vehicles and ambulances.

On the other hand, Toccoa city officials have contended that they want to continue to receive about 35 percent of SPLOST revenue moving forward and have opposed taking a cut to about 25 percent in SPLOST VI.

Martin and Avalon are also both seeking to get to a cut of SPLOST VI if it passes. Martin received SPLOST V funds, while Avalon did not.

Officials are working to complete a SPLOST VI resolution by the later part of next month in order to put the question of whether to continue to collect SPLOST once the current one ends on June 30, 2014 before voters this November.