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Sports complex added to SPLOST

ALBANY, Ga. -- A list of projects to be funded by a popular one-percent sales tax may change as local governmental leaders consider adding funding for a new sports complex.

Although the details are still sketchy, county leaders apparently are considering shifting funding from a now-defunct tennis center complex that was first requested in SPLOST IV into a general recreation line item.

The tennis center complex fell through after the group pushing for it to get into the list of projects failed to follow through once it was approved by voters.

The new sports complex was initially discussed by officials during a joint meeting of the city and county commissions earlier this month.

According to government officials, possible sites for the new sports park include a downtown location just south of the cemetery near the river, 30 acres near Robert Cross Middle School or off Old Dawson Road in northwest Albany.

Under Georgia law, local governments are limited to how they can spend sales tax dollars associated with SPLOST. Only projects approved by the voters can be funded.

City and county commissioners are close to finalizing their list of projects for the referendum, which is to be held during the November general election.

So far, they include funding for items like the repairs for the Broad Avenue Bridge and $5 million for the repair and restoration of the downtown library and roof replacement for two additional libraries.