At least a dozen applications from people wishing to be on the 2013 Citizen SPLOST Committee were turned in to the Floyd County Commission by the deadline of 5 p.m. Monday.
At their regular meetings next week, both the Floyd County and Rome boards of commissioners will make appointments to the committee. These representatives will hear proposals and make recommendations on public projects and capital purchases that could be funded through a 1-cent tax.
City and county officials would have the final say on the package, which is slated to be finalized in September and put to a vote in the Nov. 5 general election. The 2009 SPLOST collection will end June 30.
Six residents will be selected by the County Commission, plus one to represent the city of Cave Spring. The City Commission will appoint four residents.
In addition to the eleven members, a chairman or co-chairs will be appointed by the boards to lead the group. A Floyd County commissioner and a Rome city commissioner also will be part of the committee, but neither will have a vote.
The goal is for the committee to hold its first meeting by the beginning of March.
Floyd County Commissioner Rhonda Wallace, who will serve as the County Commission’s representative on the committee, said that while last year’s proposed SPLOST didn’t pass, other SPLOSTs have been successful endeavors.
“Many SPLOSTs have passed that have got us to where we are today,” Wallace said. “We’re thinking ahead for the future, and we have to do that in order for our community to grow. The projects
we fund will bring in new economic development and new industry.”
Rome Mayor Evie McNiece will be the City Commission’s representative on the committee.
The Rome City Commission will meet Monday, while the Floyd County Commission is set to meet Tuesday.
Georgia SPLOST Law