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Thomas Co. commissioners finalize proposed 2017 SPLOST

City and county leaders debate on road repairs (Source: WALB) City and county leaders debate on road repairs (Source: WALB)
THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

Thomas County leaders have finalized a proposed revenue structure for the 2017 SPLOST tax that will be up for a vote in November.

County commissioners said they would receive $20,412,000 if the SPLOST Tax passed.

They plan to use $18 million of that for road projects and $2,412,000 to improve or repair county facilities and buildings.

Commission Chairman Ken Hickey said that SPLOST tax is needed in order to continue making repairs to roads around the county

"This is the only mechanism that we have to upkeep our road system. We don't spend general fund tax money on roads. The main thing we do with our SPLOST funds is pave roads," said Hickey.

The county was able to use 2012 SPLOST funds to pave 53 miles of roads so far.

They still have 17 miles under construction right now.

All of those projects together cost $12.3 million.

The breakdown of those projects is below:

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