Thursday, 08 November 2018 08:53

Forsyth County voted to extend a special purpose local options sales tax or SPLOST VIII

Voters approved the special election item with 64.68 percent of the voite, continuning a 1-cent sales tax that is projected to have a six year total of about $274 million.

SPLOST was first approved in Forsyth County in 1987 and has been continued six times since.

This time SPLOST VIII is expected to  help fund several county projects including pavement widening, development and improvements for the Bid Creek Greenway renovations or development of new county parks and facilities, a west precinct for the county sheriff's office and $100 million to pay off bond debt from the $200 million transportation bond approved by voters in 2014.

The City of Cumming will get about 5.3 percent of SPLOST funds.  This is about $13.5 million.  City projects will include crreation of a new "northern" bypass" that would connect Hwy.9 to Pilgrim Mill Road; improvements and maintenance to existing roads, expansion of the city's aquatic center and the areana  at the Cumming Fairgrounds; and the creation of a more accessible veterans memorial in the city.