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How much Hall officials think SPLOST VIII will bring in if approved by voters Nov. 5
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The SPLOST VII Citizen Review Committee held a quarterly meeting Tuesday, March 16, 2019, at the Hall County Library System’s Spout Springs branch in South Hall. - photo by Jeff Gill

A preliminary projects list funded by Hall County’s next special purpose local option sales tax could be released by late May, Hall County Financial Services Director Zach Propes said Tuesday night.

And it appears officials will have more money to work with, Propes told the SPLOST VII Citizen Review Committee at its quarterly meeting April 16.

A Georgia Tech economist has projected revenues for SPLOST VIII, which could go to voters as a referendum on Nov. 5, at $232 million, Propes said.

But officials have trimmed that amount to $216.9 million “because we wanted to be conservative,” he added.

County Administrator Jock Connell said at a December SPLOST VIII meeting that the new program was projected to bring in about $197 million over six years.

The SPLOST is 1 percent on items also subject to state sales tax. If SPLOST VIII is approved, it would be in effect July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2026.

Propes said that in May “we’ll begin the process of involving community groups, such as the (Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce), and beginning to educate everyone on what is the SPLOST VIII program.”

The project list could be finalized between June and August, he said.

At the December meeting, city and county officials began listing some priorities, including $76 million for major road projects such as the Sardis Road Connector, $4 million for a parking deck by the Gainesville branch of the Hall County Library System and $4 million to expand the Hall County Landfill.