County commissioners have discussed the possibility of putting a referendum for a 1-cent special purpose, local options sales tax on the ballot later this year.
The board is in Atlanta for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia Capitol Connection Conference, which began Monday morning and ends this afternoon.
Voters rejected a proposed $32.4 million SPLOST on the ballot last March that would have started when the 2009 SPLOST ends on June 30.
“Since the last SPLOST vote failed we still have needs for capital funding,” said Interim County Manager Gary Burkhalter, who was the county’s finance director before being named to his current position in early January.
Burkhalter said if they decide to move forward, a citizens committee would be formed in the next few months.
No votes were taken during the county’s Sunday meeting in Atlanta.
The board also discussed the possibility of constructing a facility that would be used to store equipment for county law enforcement. Burkhalter said it would be used to properly store tactical equipment belonging to the county’s bomb squad.
Also brought up during the work session was the county’s involvement in the 2013 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, which is scheduled for Oct. 12-13 at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport.
“There was a lot of the general discussion about making it a successful air show and making it something good for the community,” Burkhalter said.
The first edition of the show brought out 35,000 people to the event last September and the United States Air Force Thunderbirds are already scheduled to perform at this year’s show.
The board spent Monday talking to fellow commissioners and administrators from around the state as well as attending sessions on county government finances, human resources, and public health and safety.
“The overall topic seems to continue to be everybody having to do more with less and how they are making that happen,” Burkhalter said. “It is a time to talk to colleagues and see if they’ve had some successful ideas that you can use in your local community as well.”
Today will begin with a breakfast featuring Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston. Gov. Nathan Deal will speak at a luncheon to conclude the conference.