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Old 02-23-2019, 05:10 PM
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The city and Dougherty County commissions have both approved an intergovernmental agreement that will put a 1 percent T-SPLOST referendum before county voters on March 19. If approved, moneys collected — projected to be $80 million over the five years of the special tax — would go a long way toward addressing some of the issues facing officials with both governments.

“One of the things that came from our very positive negotiations with the county (on the language of the proposed referendum, project list and fund allocation) was the understanding that we both have the same concerns,” the city manager said. “When there are sewer spills that make their way into the Flint River, when there are potholes on city or county streets that beat up people’s vehicles, citizens don’t care about any kind of boundaries. They are all concerned because these things impact them.

“Both the city and county leaders agreed that there are projects where we can pool our resources and realize an economy of scale that may allow us both to get lower prices when we’re bidding projects. This has given us an opportunity to work together, and that’s important because our citizens don’t care if a road is in the city, the county or is a state road. They just want them fixed.”

Subadan said the project list agreed upon by city and county leaders takes into account the greatest transportation-related needs in the city and county. On that list are road paving and improvements, sidewalks, alley paving, trails, and roadway markings and striping.

PDF file on Dougherty County T-SPLOST projects:http://dougherty.ga.us/filestorage/1...D_1_no_%25.pdf

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Old 03-19-2019, 09:03 PM
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T-SPLOST passed...
City Manager Sharon Subadan put it best: “… by the hair of our chinny-chin-chin.”

Subadan’s reference was to the narrow passage of the transportation special-purpose local-option sales tax vote Tuesday, a vote that ended with “yeses” outpolling “nos” by a slim, 2,104-1,935 margin. The 169-vote difference gave the “yes” votes a 52.09-47.91 percentage split.

“The voters in the community made it very clear that they want infrastructure improvements before we use any of the T-SPLOST funding on trails or other ‘nice-to-have’ projects,” Subadan said immediately after the vote tally was completed in the Dougherty Elections office. “My mantra all along has been ‘need-to-have’ before ‘nice-to-have,’ so nothing’s changed about that.
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