CONYERS — The Conyers City Council and Rockdale County Board of Commissioners are poised to vote on referendums calling for a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum that would collect a total of $89.1 million over six years.

The city is expected to vote on the referendum at its Dec. 15 meeting, while the county will consider the referendum at its Dec. 14 meeting. The referendum will be held in conjunction with the Georgia Primary Election on May 24, 2022. If approved by voters, the 1% sales tax will take effect in 2023, following the expiration of the SPLOST approved in May 2016.

Revenues collected will be divided between the city and county based on the most recent census population figures. The county will receive 81.51%, or $72.6 million of collections while the city will receive 18.49%, or $16.5 million. The city and county each reviewed their proposed expenditures at a called joint meeting Thursday at City Hall.

Each entity has allocated dollar amounts to several broad categories of spending, with roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation recieving the largest share in both the city and county. The county proposes to spend $35.2 million on these projects while the city estimates expenditures of $7.9 million.

The next largest share in the county will go toward renovations at the courthouse, totaling. $19.6 million.

Neither the city nor county has developed a list of specific projects for the spending categories as needs and priorities can change over the life of SPLOST collections.

The complete project allocation lists for the city and county are as follows:


♦ Roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation — $35,199,846

♦ Sheriff — $5,346,000

♦ Fire and E911 — $8,019,000

♦ Parks and Recreation — $4,455,000

♦ Courthouse — $19,602,000

TOTAL — $72,621,846


♦ Roads, bridges, sidewalks and transportation — $7,909,514

♦ Public Safety — $5,108,228

♦ Parks and greenspace — $1,812,597

♦ Equipment and vehicles — $1,647,815

TOTAL: $16,478,154

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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