Editorial: Deadline fast approaching to submit project ideas to SPLOST advisory committee

So far, the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Advisory Committee has heard project proposals from several Whitfield County departments.

Representatives from the sheriff's office, fire department and recreation department have all made their pitch to the 16-member committee. More county departments, along with the cities of Cohutta, Dalton, Tunnel Hill and Varnell, are expected to float project ideas to the group.

The group could soon be hearing from you.

The advisory committee, which is tasked with recommending SPLOST projects that may be placed on a 2020 ballot, is accepting suggestions from the public.

You'll need to fill out a citizen/organization project application form. You can find the form online at www.whitfieldcountyga.com or pick one up at the county's main office, which is in the fifth floor of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Dalton (201 S. Hamilton St.).

The three-page form asks questions about each proposed project ranging from "How does this project relate to existing facilities (replace, complement, compete)?" to "What are the anticipated/estimated operating and maintenance costs for this project?" to "How will your proposed project benefit the citizens of our community?"

Completed forms can be delivered or mailed to SPLOST 2020 Advisory Committee; c/o Mark Gibson, county administrator; P.O. Box 248; Dalton, GA 30722; or emailed to mgibson@whitfieldcountyga.com.

The application deadline is Monday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m.

The advisory committee is making a concerted effort to involve the public. They've made it clear that your opinion does matter. We encourage you — whether by yourself or with a group or organization — to submit SPLOST ideas to the committee.

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