SPLOST vote could be moved back to March

It is possible the door is not yet closed on the Fayette County Performing Arts Center getting on the next SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) project list. At this Thursday night’s Fayette County Board of Commissioners meeting, the commissioners will debate delaying the November SPLOST election and instead calling for a Special Called Election in March 2017.
Should the commissioners approve the delay, the county and individual municipalities would be able to update their project lists all the way up until a joint meeting between the entities that would likely take place the first week in January. That could potentially reopen the door for the public arts center. While it would be possible that the center could find its way back onto the project list, County Administrator Steve Rapson said via phone interview that there is much work to be done and questions to be answered before that would be a realistic option in the county’s eyes.
At the July 14 meeting, the commissioners decided to drop the performing arts center from their SPLOST project list, citing a lack of concrete information to make such a huge potential commit at that time.
“I was excited about it, I still am excited about it. I think it would be a wonderful addition to the county,” said Chairman Charles Oddo at that meeting. “We thought we might be able to get it on this SPLOST, but the timing was not right. There’s still work to do.”
The center would have an estimated $40 million price tag, with private commitments counting for half. The Board of Education would contribute $6.5 million and assume ongoing operations of the center. The county would put $3,555,559 towards the center, with Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Tyrone, and Brooks each also putting in a share.

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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