The committee will hear proposals and make recommendations on public projects and capital purchases to be funded by a possible 1-cent special purpose, local option sales 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.
“These people are of all ages and are a diverse group,” Commissioner Rhonda Wallace said. “I’ve talked to each one of them, and they are all excited to be able to serve.”
Appointed to serve as the county’s representatives are Jim Bojo, Brad Doyle, Jim Howell, Eric Hunt, Leigh Rush and Greta Willoughby.
The board also announced the Cave Spring City Council’s appointee, JC Boehm, and Profile Extrusion Co. general manager David Newby was approved to chair the committee.
The chairman is a joint appointee of the Floyd County and Rome City commissions. The City Commission will make its SPLOST Committee announcement, including the names of four representatives, in the coming days.
Floyd County Commission Chairman Irwin Bagwell advised that they present its representatives with some guidelines for choosing projects.
“We want to make sure that the projects they come up with are capital in nature and do not have ongoing expenses,” Bagwell said.
The county and city put forth a $32.4 million SPLOST package to voters last March, but it was defeated at the polls.
Interim County Manager Gary Burkhalter, who was the county’s finance director at the time, said it was a different package than they had ever done before.
“The state allowed us to put things in there that were more operational-type costs that had been in our operating budgets for years,” he said. “That was a switch from doing mainly capital projects and equipment.”
The County Commission also approved the hiring of Latta Technical Services Inc. to analyze and audit the specific needs of the Floyd County Jail concerning its electronic controls.
Time and use has made parts of the system, including cell locks, fall behind the standards for the facility.
According to Burkhalter, the approximately $31,000 needed to fund the study has been offered by Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter in a transfer from the county jail surcharge fund.
“I think this is the best route for us to go to determine what our overall needs are to update our controls at the jail,” said Noah Simon, assistant county manager.
Simon said the firm will also make sure that whatever the county purchases will not be obsolete in two or three years.