County approves SPLOST reallocation

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County approved reallocating more than $600,000 leftover from finished projects and unused SPLOST V items to fund a series of road improvements, fire equipment and improvements to local community non-profit.

Under the action approved 5-0 Monday by the commission, $149,000 will go to fund railroad crossing improvements at Pecan Lane, Mock Road and Phoebe Road. Road improvements in East Albany near the Wal-Mart site worth $304,500 will complete their obligation to a joint, city-county agreement to fund sidewalks around the site.

Additionally, $20,000 has been reallocated for street lighting improvements, with another $60,000 to serve as a reimbursement for equipment used to help improve the county's ISO insurance classification with the Albany Fire Department for four county fire stations.

Commissioners also voted to pull $34,900 from the SPLOST V contingency fund to support capital improvements to the buildings and facilities used by First Tee of Albany -- a local non-profit that mentors at-risk youth through the game of golf in an effort to deter them from crime.

The funding for all but the First Tee project came from funds leftover after the county completed the Gillionville Road widening project and existing funds left in the item "Future Road Projects" listed in the referendum which was passed in 2004.

The funding comes from collections of a one percent sales tax. Collections for SPLOST V will end in March.