With the 2013 Core Infrastructure Special Local Option Sales Tax ready to be printed on the ballot, the county commission is ready to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Peachtree City to finalize the list of projects the city wants to encompass.
On September 5, the city council held a special meeting where it approved adding verbiage to the city’s project list for the upcoming Core Infrastructure SPLOST referendum that would allocate $500,000 to a study and improvements of the city’s road system.
If the SPLOST passes, the city will be using the revenue for infrastructure improvements to streets, cart paths, bridges and tunnels. Pennington offered up a tentative first list of projects the SPLOST funds could pay for, including:
- Peachtree Parkway over Lake Kedron near the Peninsula and North Cove- repair erosion and paint. Cost: $76,000
- Flat Creek Road over Flat Creek- repair erosion and paint. Cost: $250,000.
- Spear Road. Cost: $130,000.
- Smokerise Trace- repair embankment erosion. Cost $33,000.
- McIntosh Trail at Lake Peachtree Dam- Clean and repair deck joints. Cost: $19,000
- TDK over RR- Western abutment strip seal is ripped and anchor plates loose. Western approach slab has undermined and needs repair. Cost: $54,000.
- Misc. vehicular bridge maintenance. Cost $500,000
- Cart path tunnel and bridge maintenance- repair to various cart path bridges and tunnels to include but not limited to railing repair/replacement, abutment repair, pile maintenance, tunnel repair, slope stabilization and armoring, etc. Cost:$1.5 million.
- Street paving of various roads in the city. Cost: $7.5 million.
- Cart Path rehabilitation/widening- The repair and maintenance of an estimated five percent of the cart path system per year, based on the most current conditions assessment. Cost: $2.5 million.
At that meeting, the city agreed, in a 3-1 vote- with mayor Don Haddix opposing the move and with councilman George Dienhart already handing in his resignation so he could run for the mayor’s seat in the upcoming municipal election- to add the study funds for the “study and construction of transportation improvements to include “movement upgrades, signal upgrades and other fiscal corridor upgrades (including new roads) which may be needed to improve the operational movements of traffic throughout the city.”
Though the city’s action doesn’t change the wording on the ballot, it did change the intergovernmental agreement that had already been approved. The city did reduce its ‘street pavement’ fund by $500,000, but increased that same $500,000 for those transportation improvements.
The anticipated SPLOST revenue was expected to tally out at $41,245,988, which would have broken down to approximately, $20.4 million for the county, $12.8 million for Peachtree City, $5.4 million for Fayetteville, $2.3 million for Tyrone and $197,940 for Brooks - a total of just over $41.2 million.
When the county realized its own project list would come in under the originally anticipated cost, the county anted up the difference between the municipalities.
If the SPLOST passes, and it brings in the anticipated revenue, Peachtree City can expect an additional $1.5 to $1.9 million, Fayetteville will see an additional $1.3 to $1.5 million, and Tyrone can also get an additional $300,000 to $500,000.
The wording of the referendum for the two-year SPLOST would cut revenue income once the SPLOST reached the approximate $41.2 million mark; if not the SPLOST will continue on for the full two years. There is also a possibility that the two-year period won’t garner the full $41 million, but that is the sunset date on the SPLOST.