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Cave Spring sets SPLOST town hall; city officials want suggestions for new round of projects

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The Cave Spring City Council will hold a town hall meeting next month to hear what projects residents might want funded through a new SPLOST.

“I’m thinking sewer. About 20 more (hookups) and we’re done … and we get a lot of complaints when it rains,” Councilman Mike Ragland said Tuesday. “But people may have other ideas.”

The 2013 special purpose, local option sales tax collection runs through March 31, 2019, and elected officials throughout the county want to schedule a vote to extend it before it expires.

Floyd County Commission Chair Rhonda Wallace asked her board Tuesday to consider putting it on the ballot this November. It’s unclear if there was a consensus, but all agreed it’s time to start assembling a package of projects.

For the 1-percent sales tax to continue without a break, a SPLOST extension would have to be approved by November 2018.

County Manager Jamie McCord and Rome City Manager Sammy Rich plan to gather a citizen SPLOST committee to vet proposed projects.

Previous committees have included Cave Spring representatives, but Ragland said the city should hear from everyone — including neighbors in the unincorporated area — before deciding on its projects.

“The last (vote) failed here, in this precinct,” he noted. “Maybe if they’re more involved, we can get more support.”

Council members set the town hall for March 14, immediately following their 6 p.m. monthly meeting. Councilman Charles Jackson said that would be about 7 p.m.

Also on Tuesday, Winnie Morrow with Alton Holman Heritage Arts Inc. announced a free community reception on March 4.

“All are invited to see what we do,” she said.

The nonprofit AHHAS offers kids’ workshops with artisan instructors in folk crafts such as needle felting, basketry, silk painting and leathercraft. Drama, dance and dulcimer are among the other arts they teach.

The reception is set for 4 p.m. at the fellowship hall of Cave Spring United Methodist Church, 30 Alabama St.

Council members also went into closed session to discuss a property matter. No action was announced.

 

For the 1-percent sales tax to continue without a break, a SPLOST extension would have to be approved by November 2019.