On November 4, Cobb voters will be asked to approve whether or not to extend the county’s SPLOST for six more years. This article outlines Cobb County’s 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) as adopted by the Board of Commissioners on July 22, 2014. The following briefly describes the purpose of each capital improvement and the anticipated corresponding funding. The 2016 SPLOST is intended to address the immediate needs of Facilities, Technology, Parks, Libraries, Senior Centers, Public Safety, and Transportation that affect the future of Cobb County. The SPLOST will be in effect for a six (6) year period from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2021.
COUNTYWIDE IMPROVEMENTS – $38,862,220
Projects include replacing Animal Control equipment, vehicles and parking lot repairs; upgrades for 800Mhz Radio System, new radio towers, replacement of emergency weather sirens, improvements to Court Facilities, Public Health clinics, a new Medical Examiner laboratory and replacement of building systems, renovations, security cameras and equipment for Sheriff’s Office.
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS- $287,331,467
Projects include infrastructure preservation (resurfacing, drainage, bridges and culverts), pedestrian improvements, safety and operational improvements (intersections, roadways, and school zones), and congestion relief and mobility improvements (thoroughfares, traffic management, traffic signals, and planning). SPLOST funding will be leveraged to receive additional funding from other sources, including Federal, State, and Community Improvement Districts.
PUBLIC SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS – $87,977,584
Public Safety enhancements include the replacement of Police Headquarters and Evidence Unit, renovation and expansion of training facilities, construction of a new fire station, purchase of essential vehicles and equipment, and improvements/upgrades/renovations to various Public Safety facilities.
PUBLIC SERVICES IMPROVEMENTS – $102,913,526
PARKS AND RECREATION IMPROVEMENTS – $77,508,779
Funding for these projects will be used for upgrades, enhancements, and renovations to existing park buildings, fields, and facilities.
LIBRARY IMPROVEMENTS – $23,203,167
Projects include construction of two new Library facilities and upgrades to other existing Library facilities including technology enhancements and improvements that will allow for more efficient and effective use of space.
SENIOR CENTER IMPROVEMENTS – $2,201,580
Projects include expansion of the existing North Cobb Senior Center and upgrades to other facilities to allow for more efficiency and greater use of space.
SUPPORT SERVICES IMPROVEMENTS – $48,019,380
FACILITIES – $17,940,380
Projects include infrastructure improvements of existing facilities, and the construction of a new millwork shop and new fleet maintenance facility to support the increase in public safety vehicles.
TECHNOLOGY – $30,079,000
Enhancements will provide many upgrades to existing applications, create an eGovernment presence (web and mobile access to key county services), the construction of a new data center, and the creation of a disaster recovery site.
MUNICIPAL IMPROVEMENTS – $184,895,823
This component, comprising a variety of projects, has been identified by each Cobb City and accounts for approximately 26% of SPLOST revenue remaining after county-wide projects.
Readers can review in greater detail the proposed 2016 SPLOST projects, by visiting cobbsplost2016.org. Users can search existing SPLOST projects, as well as proposed projects, by area, commission district or category, such as transportation, parks, and roadway and pedestrian improvement. Each link contains a fact sheet about the project.
The mobile map application can be used on desktop computers, smartphones or tablets. It is compatible with both Android and Apple iOS devices. For more information, or to utilize this tool, visit www.cobbgis.org:81/CobbSPLOSTStatus.
(Reprinted from the October 2014 issue of EAST COBBER)