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PTC staff updates SPLOST project list

At Thursday night’s Peachtree City City Council meeting, City Manager Jon Rorie updated council on revisions to their SPLOST (Special Project Local Option Sales Tax) project list.
Council initially approved a project list in June based on a five-year SPLOST that also budgeted $2.5 million for a performing arts center. In July, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners approved a six-year SPLOST, but they did not include funding for the performing arts center.
Since then, Peachtree City staff have been working on reallocation of the $2.5 million set aside for the performing arts center. Among the features of the revised distribution will be an additional year of road and multi-use path paving. Broken down into categories, roughly 69 percent of total funds will go to roads, 21 percent to multi-use paths, seven percent to public safety, four percent to dam and spillway replacement, and two percent to parks and recreation. Rorie summed it up as 91 percent of the pie going towards much-needed infrastructure improvements.
“I think we’ve come up with a good program that looks at not only here and now but also long-term with a vision process to move us forward,” said Rorie, adding that the proposed list invests in Peachtree City’s quality of life.
“We’re investing in the right things,” Rorie said.
Council agreed, Kim Learnard calling the revised list “fantastic.”
The SPLOST vote is currently scheduled to be on the March 21, 2017 ballot.
Council also enthusiastically approved Job and Investment Grant awards for Wencor and Assa Abloy. The grant program, which is managed by the Fayette County Development Authority, is eligible to businesses creating 24 or more full-time jobs with an average wage of 120 percent or more of the per capita income within their industries. Wencor, which will receive $17,000 in grant money, is creating 34 jobs in logistics/distribution at an average wage of $64,426. Assa Abloy, which will receive $14,000 in grant money, is creating 28 jobs in advanced manufacturing with an average wage of $55,877.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.