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Newton County voters approved the expansion of the Josephine Brown Senior Center, new Animal Control Facilities and an upgrade to facilities within the Recreation Department in 2017.
All three of these items were deemed important enough to Newton County residents that they were approved as part of the 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Those projects are closer to fruition after the Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a contract on Sept. 3 with SunBelt Builders to design and build these facilities.
The contract was approved for $1,275,000 for Senior Services construction, $900,000 for Animal Control construction and $135,000 for the Recreation Center.
All the funds come from SPLOST proceeds and not out of the general fund.
According to the contract, completion of the work is expected no later than July 27, 2020.
“This is fantastic news for our County,” Chairman Marcello Banes said. “All three of these projects are not only needed to continue to increase the quality of life here in Newton County but were told to us by a large number of voters that an improved animal shelter, increased recreation facilities and an expanded senior center were all something that was wanted by our residents. I am excited that the people of Newton County can enjoy expanded services.”