Houston County leaders are asking voters to continue paying a penny tax for another six years. Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker announced the plan for the next county wide SPLOST if it passes in March 2012.
"There is no way that we could raise property taxes enough to keep up with these capital needs," says Chairman Stalnaker.
The commissioners and all three mayors voted unanimously in support of the six year plan for the next SPLOST.
"Encroachment is going to go off the table immediately," says Chairman Stalnaker.
Stalnaker says a combination of money from the Bibb County SPLOST, the Department of Defense, and the potential Houston County SPLOST could solve the problem as quickly as 2013.
"We're not going to be here in 2018 talking about encroachment."
That's just one portion of the $155 million dollars that will be split up between Centerville, Perry, Warner Robins, Unincorporated Areas, and county-wide projects. Passing the penny could also mean lower property taxes for citizens in all areas.
"Some of the things that we anticipate doing with this could give relief to our general fund," say Mayor Jimmy Faircloth, Perry.
The breakdown of the project list includes 6 major areas:
- 27% Transportation
- 24% Public Safety
- 19% Economic Development including
- 12% General Capital Obligations
- 12% Water and Sewage
- 6% Recreation
There will be two public hearings for citizens to ask questions and take a look at projects on the SPLOST proposal.
The first meeting will be held next Tuesday, November 15th at the County Annex. Another meeting will be Thursday, November 17th at the Houston County Courthouse. Both start at 6pm.