Dougherty County releases tentative SPLOST timeline

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis briefed the county's Finance Committee on his proposed project budget for Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax VI recently.

Dougherty County is expected to generate roughly $35 million over the next six years in special local-option sales taxes.

The list, as it was presented Friday morning, shows projects spread out over the six-year period and when they'll receive funding. While officials aren't required to spend the money in the year that the projects are budgeted, generally they aren't spent prior to those years either.

Set up in fiscal years which span July 1 through June 30, the timetable spans when collections started on April 1 through when collections will stop on March 31, 2016.

The list is available at albanyherald.com.

According to the list, the first projects to receive funding will be $200,000 for the Dougherty County Jail for security camera upgrades and expansion; $50,000 toward the $5 million total allocation for renovation of the downtown Central Library; $216,000 in Dougherty County Police vehicle replacements, as well as $25,000 for facility improvements.

Up to $195,000 has been budgeted in the first year for the purchase of new self-contained breathing equipment for the fire department; up to $20,000 for Radium Springs Gardens and Radium Overlook improvements; $250,000 has been budgeted to advance drainage projects in the first year; $80,000 is budgeted for road equipment replacement, and $30,000 for street light additions.

The budget also allows for $100,000 in computer touch-screen purchases for the Flint RiverQuarium, as well as $25,000 for a small educational pavilion.

Lastly, $123,000 will go to fund scoreboard replacement at Hugh Mills Stadium, as well as $7,000 for new fencing.

In total, $1.3 million is budgeted for the three-month window between when collections started on April 1 and when the fiscal year ends on June 30.