Work sessions to listen to those requests were held Jan. 14 and 16. At the end of the second session, the requests totaled more than $23 million. Now it will be up to the commissioners to whittle the requests down to the estimated $9 million that would be the county’s share of one-cent sales tax funds.
The projects that make that cut will be listed on the May 20 ballot to be considered by the voters. A vote for the SPLOST would be a continuation of the current penny sales tax on purchases in Jones County. It is not a new tax.
The Jan. 14 session included presentations from Animal Control, Parks and Recreation, and Emergency Management. Animal Control Director Jennifer Giddens requested $800,000 for a new building, and she had a large contingent at the meeting in support of her request.
Recreation Director Matt Goins requested $5.4 million to complete the Highway 18 East recreation complex, and EMA Director and Jones County Fire Chief Don Graham requested $2.1 million for needed firefighting equipment.
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