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Posted on: July 24, 2020

TSPLOST to be placed on ballot in November

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The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday evening to place a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) on the General Election ballot in November.

The 4-1 approval to send the question of adding a 1 cent sales tax to Newton County voters came after an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) was reached with all six municipalities in the county.

The IGA allows an estimated total of $56,100,000 to be raised by the TSPLOST during its five-year span and split among the governments of Newton County, Covington, Porterdale, Oxford, Mansfield, Newborn and Social Circle.

The money raised from the TSPLOST would fund several road, transportation and infrastructure projects throughout the county. The Newton County SPLOST Citizens Committee recently met to formulate a proposed list for Newton County government’s projects.

SPLOST Committee Recommended Project List

  • Intersection Improvements, CR213 and SR36
  • Widening of Brown Bridge Road
  • Transit service startup
  • County wide safety plan (striping, signage and other safety measures)
  • Industrial Blvd. improvements
  • Bridge replacement, Henderson Mill Road and Bear Creek
  • Paving
  • Realignment, Mote Road at SR162
  • Bridge Replacement, Flat Shoals Road at Dried Indian Creek Bridge
  • Intersection Improvements, Kirkland Road at Jack Neely Road
  • Intersection improvements, Harold Dobbs at Crowell Road
  • Bridge Replacement, Dial Mill Road at Little Haynes Creek

If approved by voters, the 1 cent tax would commence on April 1, 2021 and run for five years.

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