ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis presented the commission Monday with a list of proposed construction and other capital projects slated for the upcoming sales tax referendum, with Dougherty County's flagship library being one of the biggest beneficiaries.
The Central Library Renovation will be the biggest single project if the list is passed as it was presented Monday. The $5 million repair and renovation work will include opening up the building's fourth floor, improving and expanding existing space, and technology and other upgrades, Crowdis said.
Westtown Library will get renovations and roof repairs estimated to be worth $700,000, with the Southside Library getting its roof replaced for $85,000.
In total, Dougherty County's library system will get $5.7 million should the list of special local option sales tax projects be passed as presented by commissioners and then be approved by voters in a November referendum.
Dougherty County road improvements will receive the majority of funding as a group of projects, documents show. According to the list, $2.2 million has been allocated to widen Fleming Road from Mock Road to Gaissert Road, $2 million will go towards resurfacing of county roads at a rate of $400,000 per year for five years, $1.2 million to go to buy road equipment, with a total of $570,000 to go towards railroad crossing improvements and traffic signals.
If SPLOST 6 passes, the city and county will split the estimated $98 million expected to be generated over the life of the six-year, one-percent sales tax.
City and county leaders will meet on June 30 at the civic center to determine what projects make the final cut that will be shown to voters in November.
Dougherty County, which has had a SPLOST since it was created by the General Assembly in the mid-1980's, is one of only a handful of Georgia counties to have had a one-percent tax all five times.