Members of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners are expected to vote at their Monday, Jan. 13, meeting to place a Special Purpose Local Option Sale Tax (SPLOST) referendum on the May general primary ballot.

In December, a citizens advisory committee delivered project recommendations to the commissioners that could be funded by a four-year, $66 million SPLOST.

"Since the conclusion of the SPLOST advisory committee’s work and until the meeting on the 13th, the city (of Dalton) and county have been and will be in conversations about an intergovernmental agreement," said County Administrator Mark Gibson. That agreement would spell out exactly how the money would be spent.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Lynn Laughter said the final project list will be very close to what the advisory committee recommended.

"We'll tweak it a little bit," she said. "But it will be close to what they recommended."

Under the advisory committee's recommendations, some $7 million would go to Tier 1, or higher priority, projects for the county, such as repairs to the courthouse and security upgrades to the jail. The county would also receive approximately $38 million for other projects, and Dalton would receive approximately $19 million. Tunnel Hill would receive approximately $500,000 with Varnell receiving roughly $1 million and Cohutta receiving approximately $380,000.

The recommendations included paving and bridge repairs across the county; a new Riverbend Park near Southeast Whitfield High School and replacement of Dalton's John Davis Recreation Center; new patrol cars for the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office and the Dalton Police Department and renovation of the Whitfield County Animal Shelter.

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