White names SPLOST projects, maintains property tax rate
by Mark Andrews
Jul 12, 2011 | 2287 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of White on Monday voted to go into an intergovernmental agreement with Bartow County that decides the percentage the city will receive from the 2014 cycle of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.

"Even though, according to the Census, our population is less ... it all worked out where we didn't lose anything, so we feel really good about that," City Manager Jane Richards said.

The city will receive the same percentage as the current SPLOST cycle at 0.955 percent for a projected total of $1,838,375.

An expected $1,038,375 has been designated for water and sewer projects, $700,000 for road improvements and $100,000 for recreation.

Councilmember Lavonda Roberts said she is excited about the expected $300,000 designated for sidewalks.

"I think it's a good idea for our city to have sidewalks," Roberts said. "It will encourage people to walk and keep them out of the streets."

Roberts noted past accidents on Highway 411 that runs through White involving vehicles and pedestrians.

Councilmember Dennis Huskins said the sidewalk project could also help improve the number of visitors to the area.

"[The sidewalk project] was also to help improve the downtown area where you drive through on [Highway 411] to make [White] look like a city you just don't blow through when driving," Huskins said.

In other city of White news:

* The city voted to maintain its property tax rate of 20 mills.

* The city tabled the agenda item of City Engineer John Sweitzer discussing the water and sewer rates due to Sweitzer being absent from the meeting.

* The city voted to approve a sales tax resolution to partner with the Georgia Department of Revenue to help ensure proper payment of sales tax by city businesses.