Coweta voters OK another 6 years of SPLOST, 53 to 47%

More than 26 percent of Coweta County voters went to the polls Tuesday and most of them cast a vote on the extension of the local 1-cent sales tax (SPOLOST). That vote showed nearly 53 percent favored continuing the tax for another six years for a variety of county and municipal projects.

Election results from the 28 precincts tallied 15,520 SPLOST votes cast out of total of 71,046 registered voters. Of those, 7,998 votes (52.81 percent) were in favor of the extension while 7,522 (47.19 percent) were opposed.

The six-year extension carries a maximum collection ceiling of $120 million.

A breakdown of the maximum collections shows Coweta County receiving $81.468 million, Newnan receiving $31.14 million, Senoia receiving $3.12 million, Grantville receiving $2.868 million, Palmetto at $422,000, Moreland at $506,000, Sharpsburg at $376,000, Turin at $310,000 and Haralson at $203,000.

The county’s project list included $66.7 million for transportation projects such as the Poplar Road interchange at I-85, paving and rehab of county roads along with improvements to bridges, culverts and intersections.

Other SPLOST-funded county project categories included $6.2 million for recreation initiatives along with $4 million for the sheriff’s office, $3.5 million for the county fire department and $400,000 for emergency management.

Senoia’s list included $1.25 million for transportation improvement to roads, streets, bridges and sidewalks, $1.25 million for parks and recreation, $300,000 for public works, $200,000 for an early warning siren system and $120,000 for city hall improvements.

Newnan’s proposed projects included information technology, cultural needs, public safety, public works, parks and recreation and road, streets, bridges and sidewalks.

Sharpsburg’s project list showed needs that included road, streets and bridges, utilities and cultural, historic and recreational needs.

Projects for Palmetto included public safety, water and sewer and roads, streets and bridges.

Proposed projects for Moreland included the cemetery, roads, streets and bridges, parks and recreation, the Old Mill/Town Hall and museum and cultural needs.

Projects for Turin included public safety, water, stormwater, cable, wastewater, sidewalks and paths, streets, roads and bridges, parks and recreation and work at city hall.
And in Haralson the project list included parks and recreation needs.