By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
The wheels of government are turning fast on a new SPLOST, making its introduction on a November ballot a distinct possibility.
Less than two months after discussions of the penny tax began to stir, the Rome City and Floyd County Commission will be appointing citizens to a SPLOST committee this week. Six people delegated by the county, four by the city and one representative from Cave Spring will make up the citizen board which will then identify projects Floyd County could benefit from.
This newly proposed penny tax comes on the heels of a failed SPLOST voters shot down in March. With this in mind, Floyd County Commissioner Wallace maintains that, in a time when there isn’t a lot of free money lying around in government budgets, a penny-tax can step in and keep the community alive.
“There’s been so many SPLOST that have passed that have done so many good things for our community,” Wallace says. “Number one that comes to my mind is the baseball stadium---that was built with SPLOST dollars. Our library was built with SPLOST dollars. Our new Emergency Management Radio System was built with SPLOST dollars. We’ve been able to do these things with our community dollars, and it’s doesn’t come out of the county’s budget.”
The appointments to the committee will take place at the Rome City and Floyd County Commission meetings, which are on Monday and Tuesday respectively.