SPLOST VI Meeting Today

Representatives from Stephens County and its municipalities will get back together this morning to continue discussions on SPLOST VI.

Stephens County representatives, along with representatives from Toccoa, Martin, and Avalon are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. at Toccoa City Hall for their second meeting.

Those officials are discussing proposals for splitting and spending the projected revenues from SPLOST VI if the county’s voters approve the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax at the polls this November.

The group of representatives first met together last month.

During that meeting, Stephens County Commissioner Dean Scarborough told the various cities that the county wants to keep 75 percent of revenues from SPLOST VI if it is approved and leave 25 percent for Toccoa, Martin, and Avalon.

Stephens County is currently receiving just 65 percent of SPLOST V revenues, with Toccoa getting about 35 percent.

Toccoa Mayor David Austin says the city was expecting to maintain the SPLOST V split in SPLOST VI.

If approved by votes, Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers projected at last month’s meeting that the one-cent SPLOST would bring in anywhere from $18.5 million to $21.2 million over six years of SPLOST VI.

The county and cities must also continue to work on what projects will be proposed as part of the SPLOST VI referendum, which is expected to be approved by the governmental bodies in July in order to go before voters in November.