Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord said Tuesday that an estimated $170 million worth of proposed projects would go before the SPLOST Citizens Advisory Committee for vetting.
The nearly 60 applications came from local citizens and organizations, as well as from the county government, Rome and Cave Spring, McCord told county commissioners at their bimonthly caucus.
“Everybody needs to remember, this is just a wish list,” Commission Chair Rhonda Wallace said. “This is just the beginning.”
A 5-year special purpose, local option sales tax — the maximum allowed by state law — is projected to raise about $61.7 million, so more than half the requests will end up being rejected.
The citizens committee will hear the first eight presentations Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meeting, at the Forum River Center, 301 Tribune St., is open to the public.
Plans are to have a proposed package narrowed down by Aug. 1, and to present it to voters in the Nov. 7 elections. If approved, the collection would start when the 2013 SPLOST ends on March 31, 2019.
Also on Tuesday, commissioners recognized 39 long-time employees, awarding pins for service ranging from 42 years — Police Chief Bill Shiflett — to 15 years.
County Clerk Erin Elrod said the awards haven’t been made since 2009 and about 400 were overdue. The ceremonies will be held quarterly until they’re caught up, then revert to annually.
“This is a good way for us to see a lot of employees we don’t get to see,” Wallace noted.
Wallace also released a list of 10 positions on citizen boards that will start new terms this year. Anyone interested in serving may apply online at RomeFloydCounty.com.
Commissioners also heard that no transfer from savings was needed to cover 2016 expenses.
Finance Director Susie Gass said outside auditors are expected to have a final report before the end of the month.
“We were initially projected to use $2.2 million of the fund balance, but the budget is now balanced,” Gass said after the board approved some “clean-up” line-item shifts and adjustments.
“The audit may even show we have added to the fund balance,” she added.
McCord said they expected to collect about 92 percent of the taxes owed but ended up with a 97-percent payment rate. More than $700,000 owed from previous years also was recouped.
Floyd County Employee Service Awards
At least 40 Years
Chief Bill Shiflett, police, 42 years
At least 35 Years
David Reeps, police, 38 years
Lisa Hawkins, prison, 37 years
At least 30 Years
Steven Pruitt, public works, 33 years
Charlie Walker, water, 33 years
Tammy Bryant, parks and recreation, 32 years
Dewayne Weeks, public works, 31 years
Gary Conway, police, 30 years
At least 25 Years
James Brown, tax assessors, 29 years
Terry Nolan, district attorney’s office, 29 years
Tommy Gentry, public works, 29 years
Christopher Shelly, police, 27 years
Margaret Freeman, tax assessors, 27 years
Tracy Hardy, human resources, 26 years
At least 20 Years
Richard Argo, sheriff’s office, 24 years
Timothy Little, juvenile court, 23 years
Jeff Jones, police, 23 years
Tony Nelson, public works, 23 years
William Hamilton, public works, 23 years
John Blalock, 911, 21 years
Kevin Brown, MIS, 21 years
Gary Davis, facilities management, 20 years
At least 15 Years
Kay Ann Wetherington, district attorney’s office, 19 years
Lorraine Sellers, district attorney’s office, 19 years
Oneida Moreno, sheriff’s office, 19
Norma Childers, MIS, 19 years
Donna Maldonado, elections, 19 years
Michael Long, prison, 18 years
Lynn Little, tax commissioner’s office, 18 years
Dennis Alexander, water, 18 years
Brandy Starcher, 911, 17 years
Brian Dempsey, public works, 16 years
Keelan Freeman, animal control, 16 years
Linda Harris, administration, 16 years
Michael Walters, water, 16 years
Kenneth Hinkley, police, 15 years
David Jones, facilities, 15 years
Natalee Staats, district attorney’s office, 15 years
Danny Womack, tax assessors, 15 years
Source: Floyd County Clerk’s Office