Meeting to recap SPLOST vote

Erin Elrod, county clerk

The 2017 SPLOST Citizens Advisory Committee is slated to meet Thursday — its first public session since voters approved the $63.8 million special purpose, local option sales tax package.

Floyd County Clerk Erin Elrod said the meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at the fire department headquarters, 409 E. 12th St., and should last about an hour.

"It's basically a recap, and a little bit of a celebration," she said.

The package of projects vetted by the committee passed with 60.73 percent of the vote in November.

SPLOST committee members talked up the projects at churches, club meetings and other gatherings, and a campaign committee formed to advocate for the package spent more than $7,000 in the run-up to the election.

Rome/Floyd Citizens for Progress reported taking in donations totaling $14,925 and spending $7,242 as of Oct. 23. The next financial disclosure report is due to the State Ethics Commission Dec. 31.

Nearly all of the iteized expenses — $6,792 went to Rome-based High-Tech Signs and Ad Specialties for the signs that saturated the county. The organization also spent $450 for a booth at the Coosa Valley Fair.

Major donors, at $2,500 each, were Brian Moore, Wes Walraven, State Mutual Insurance Co. and the Rome Braves.

The package contains $2 million for improvements to State Mutual Stadium, where the Braves play. Former General Manager Mike Dunn told the SPLOST advisory committee the baseball organization intends to participate in the improvements but did not offer specifics.

The team just wrapped up its 14th season at the stadium. Its contract with the county runs 18 years with options for extensions.

Citizens for Better Parks, the fundraising arm for Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation, contributed $1,000 to the SPLOST advocacy group, as did Profile Extrusion's committee, Profile Welfare Association of Rome.

There's a little over $2 million for various recreation projects in the package.

The biggest earmark, $8 million for an agricultural center, drew support in the form of $500 donations from the Cattlemen's Association and Floyd County Young Farmers. Darlington School and David Newby, who chaired the advisory committee, also contributed $500 each.

Frank Barron and Dr. Paul Ferguson each donated $250 to the advocacy group.