Dougherty Co. leaders discuss possibility of T-SPLOST on special March ballot

County leaders discuss possibility of TSPLOST on special March ballot

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany-Dougherty County could see a potential $80 million in funding over the next five years. But only if T-SPLOST is put on a special called March ballot.

T-SPLOST would be a one cent sales tax funded by anyone shopping in the county.

It would then fund transportation projects, like road resurfacing and sidewalk installations. But county commissioners haven’t decided if they want to put it on a ballot for you to vote on, yet.

If you vote to approve it in March, the tax would start to be collected on July 1. If they wait, the county wouldn’t see any funding until at least 2020.

“Every citizen of Albany is a citizen of Dougherty County. We all work together, pray together, play together. We all work at jobs together. This is our community and we need to be able to make a decision that makes sense and is reasonable for everyone,” said Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas.

If you want to learn more about T-SPLSOT, you are encouraged to attend a meeting between county and city commissioners.

There will be a meeting this Monday, January 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the Candy Room in downtown Albany.

Tetra tech hired again to help after storm

County commissioners also approved spending around $69,000 to hire a company to monitor debris collection after Hurricane Michael came through the area in October.

The Army Corps of Engineers extended its stay in Albany and Dougherty County for hurricane debris pick up until Jan. 18.

Dougherty County Public Works will have to pick up the rest of the debris until officials can hire a contractor to do the job.

In the meantime, the state requires the county to hire a company to monitor debris collection. Officials chose Tetra Tech to do the monitoring.

“We’re very proactive to make sure the ball wasn’t dropped and that the citizens are taken care of in Dougherty County. And we’re doing everything we possibly can. We’re on the case,” said County Administrator Mike McCoy.

The county will start looking at bids for contractors to finish picking up the debris on Jan. 23.

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