clearn.png
Saturday December 4th, 2021 5:25AM

Habersham County voters will vote on SPLOST extension geared heavily to public safety

By Rob Moore Reporter

CLARKESVILLE – Habersham County public safety leaders say they are counting on the county’s voters to renew the county’s 1-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax so that their agencies are equipped to perform their duties.

The largest expenditure is a $7.2-million upgrade of the county’s public safety radio system that serves all agencies in the county. Currently, sheriff’s deputies, medical personnel and firefighters are having difficulty communicating with dispatchers, especially from inside homes and businesses.

The Habersham County Commission has listened to several presentations from communications consultants this year, hearing that a purpose-built system can cover about 95% of the county’s terrain and with a public safety grade system equipment should perform better and last longer.

The current radio system is nearing the end of life and when purchased was not designed for public safety use.

Additionally, Habersham County Emergency Services Director Chad Black said $4 million is needed to construct an emergency services central base station to centralize operations and provide inside housing for ambulances that currently sit outside in all kinds of weather, $1.2 million is needed to replace and equip ambulances, and $1.1 million is needed for firefighting apparatus and equipment.

The public safety component of the proposed 2021 SPLOST also includes $1.75 million for a properly sized animal shelter and $775,000 for sheriff’s office vehicles and equipment.

The total of proposed public safety allocations is $16,025,000.

A Tier 2 countywide project is the repayment of hospital bonds, helping reduce the county’s mandatory debt obligation for Habersham Medical Center. About 11% of SPLOST 2021 revenue would pay a portion of the hospital bonds at $5 million over four years.

Habersham County Public Works projects included in the proposed SPLOST extension include $6.56 million in road construction and maintenance; $3.2 million in bridge updates, repairs and replacements; $1.5 million in road maintenance equipment; and $1.215 million in landfill equipment, for a total of $12,475,000.

The proposed SPLOST also includes $13,610,939 to be shared among the county’s municipalities for projects approved by their city leaders.

All projects identified for 2021 SPLOST total $47,110,939.

If approved by voters on Nov. 3, SPLOST 2021 would be effective April 1, 2021, and expire March 31, 2027. It would be a renewal of the current 1-cent sales tax, not an additional penny.

  • Associated Categories: Homepage, Local/State News, Politics
  • Associated Tags: Habersham County, SPLOST, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Habersham County voters will vote on SPLOST extension geared heavily to public safety
Habersham County public safety leaders say they are counting on the county’s voters to renew the county’s 1-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax so that their agencies are equipped to perform their duties.
7:10AM ( 8 minutes ago )
Final Trump-Biden debate marked by clashes but less chaos
After a raucous first debate led organizers to introduce a mute button, the second and final meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden was a downright civil affair
1:41AM ( 5 hours ago )
Hall County wants to look at wording in EPD stormwater edict before final approval
Changes handed down by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) regarding Hall County’s management of stormwater took a step towards realization with first reading of the resolution at Thursday evening’s Hall County Commission meeting, but there might be some changes in the works.
9:20PM ( 9 hours ago )
Local/State News
Candidates for Gwinnett County Sheriff discuss diversity, community involvement and 287(g) program
The candidates for Gwinnett County Sheriff- Republican Luis “Lou” Solis, and Democrat Keybo Taylor- each claim that they will make a difference in the future of the county.
9:00AM ( 1 day ago )
Benton, Fuller take different approaches for GA House District 31 election
For the first time since 2006, Georgia House of Representatives District 31 representative Tommy Benton (R) will have an opponent on the ballot in this year’s general election.
5:00AM ( 3 days ago )
Loeffler, Warnock, Collins spar in 1st Georgia Senate debate
Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins both accused the other of lying and touted their own conservative credentials in their first debate
6:43PM ( 3 days ago )
Politics
Coroner releases preliminary identification of Habersham County fire victim
The Habersham County Coroner’s Office has released a preliminary identification of the victim of Monday’s fatal fire in Habersham County.
4:53PM ( 2 days ago )
Cornelia moving forward with $345,000 in downtown street repairs
The Cornelia City Commission voted to spend nearly $345,000 to repair damage caused to the downtown area by Hurricane Delta.
9:46AM ( 2 days ago )
Clarkesville lifts Boil Water Advisory
A Boil Water Advisory for some some water customers in the City of Clarkesville has now been lifted.
10:05AM ( 6 days ago )
Habersham County, its cities continue to deal with storm cleanup, assessment
A local state of emergency order remains in place in Habersham County as officials continue to assess the damage caused by torrential rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Delta.
7:32PM ( 1 week ago )
Habersham County cancels school the rest of the week due to ongoing storm-related issues
Habersham County students will get two more days of Fall Break due to the damage sustained by the county during Hurricane Delta.
3:17PM ( 1 week ago )