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By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher

 

The Dade County Commission held a Special Called Meeting last Thursday for the purpose of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Trenton, Dade County Industrial Development Authority, and Water and Sewer Authority for SPLOST Referendum including General Obligation Bonds.

The Commission is working to get the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) on the May ballot. This would be an extension of the current SPLOST and not an additional tax.

The tax, if approved is expected to raise an estimated amount of $13,600,000.

While specific amounts for specific projects was not available the wording on the ballot included for Dade County, road, street, and bridge purposes, which purposes may include sidewalks, bicycle paths, and capital equipment therefore; renovation, repair, furnishings, and upgrades to technology for the Senior Citizen Building; necessary capital cost for the relocation of governmental offices or services; public safety facilities and equipment including fire department, mountain rescue, emergency 911, and other county emergency services;

Vehicles, equipment, and facilities for various County departments which may include the road department, sheriff’s department, recreations department, extension agency, assessor’s office, jail, public works, and various administration offices; adding to, remodeling, and renovating county facilities and acquiring any property, both real and personal, and equipment necessary therefore, which may include the transfer station, county jail, recreation facilities, animal control, and the old courthouse; sealing and striping of County-owned parking lots; the acquisition of property for, the construction of and renovation of community center buildings, which may include recreational facilities and storm shelters;

Improvements to technology serving various County facilities including wiring; purchasing new books, computers, technology, a security system, a message system, and equipment for the Dade County Library; construction of a multipurpose county building for youth programs and activities; payment of the remaining balance due on a lease-purchase energy contract dated March 1, 2013, the proceeds from which were used to purchase a new boiler and other energy saving equipment for the County;

For the Dade County Industrial Development Authority various capital outlay projects for the benefit of the County including the payment of certain debt of the county incurred to provide security for the payment of outstanding revenue bonds of the Dade County Industrial Authority;

For the Dade County Water and Sewer Authority, water lines, fire hydrants, and related facilities for the benefit of the citizens of the County; and

For the City of Trenton, public safety facilities, vehicles, and equipment for police and fire departments; construction and renovation of facilities and the purchase of equipment for waste water treatment and utilities; road, street, and bridge purposes, which purposes may include sidewalks, bicycle paths and capital equipment therefore; new construction, renovations, and equipment for parks and recreation and city animal control facilities; and renovations and equipment for city hall and city administration.

If imposition of the tax is approved by the voters, such vote shall also constitute approval of the issuance of general obligation debt of Dade County in the principal amount not to exceed $4,900,000 for the above described capital outlay projects of the City and the County.

The Commission approved the Intergovernmental Agreement with the authorities involved.


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