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New SPLOST has $25 million for stormwater

Dec 19, 2016 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

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With the passage of the $280 million SPLOST on Election Day, Macon-Bibb County will have $25 million earmarked for stormwater capital projects, such as this one recently completed on Hillcrest Avenue.

Thanks to the Macon-Bibb County voters approving a $280 million special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) during this past General Election, the community’s stormwater management program will receive a possible $25 million boost for much needed capital projects to repair and replace aging stormwater infrastructure.

The SPLOST referendum up for renewal on Nov. 8 passed by a margin of approximately 61 percent to 39 percent, representing a healthy majority in favor of tax revenues that include consumer spending from guests outside of Macon-Bibb County who visit and shop within our borders.

The current $190 million SPLOST, which was approved by voters in 2011, ends on March 30, 2018, at the conclusion of its six-year window. Officials note that these sales tax revenues are falling short of expectations. As a result, there are $4.4 million worth of needed stormwater projects that have been budgeted and approved that may not be completed as planned.

The new SPLOST, which will go into effect in April of 2018, will be collected until the full $280 million has been attained. In addition, Macon-Bibb County officials will have some flexibility in budgeting the $280 million for the list of projects planned with the SPLOST funding.

Even with the $25 million earmarked for stormwater coming from the new SPLOST, the future of the local stormwater program will require other funding sources. With that in mind, the MWA has commissioned a stormwater program study currently being conducted by consulting engineers from Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon.

The MWA hosted a fourth stormwater management program workshop, in partnership with the Macon-Bibb County Commission, at its headquarters on Nov. 17. This workshop defined those possible funding sources, which include service fees in accordance with the proposed extent and level of stormwater services for a sustainable, fully compliant stormwater management program.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
Phone: 770-757-1681
Email: jcwood@uga.edu OR chris@jwapr.com

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