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Lula: $1.9M in sales tax extension would be spent on roads, water/sewer, parks
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Lula estimates it could get $1.9 million from a proposed five-year extension of the special purpose local option sales tax.

The amount is based on 2013 census numbers and an overall collection of $155 million, City Manager Dennis Bergin told Lula City Council on Monday night.

“We have to identify for the referendum project categories,” he said, adding that he and Mayor Milton Turner have discussed the estimated revenues and how they would be spent.

The city projects that from the $1.9 million, it would spend $600,000 for roads, streets and trails; $1 million, water and sewer infrastructure; and $300,000, parks and “streetscaping,” or landscaping and pedestrian improvements along streets.

Those are categories the city has identified in the past, Bergin said.

The council voted to submit the distribution numbers for the referendum.

Voters will decide the fate of SPLOST VII, which would last for five years beginning July 1, on March 17.

Hall County and local municipal officials intend to sign an intergovernmental agreement in January and formalize a specific list of projects to be funded if voters approve SPLOST VII.

Potential projects to be funded if the 1 percent tax is approved by voters include E-911 system upgrades; library renovations; sewer system projects, including expansion of both the North Hall and South Hall lines; public safety vehicles; new recreation fields and enhancements to existing parks; road resurfacing; and Senior Life Center renovations.

Last week, the county held the first of two public input meetings, with only a dozen or so residents attending.

The second hearing, which Bergin said the city would participate in, is set for 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

A vote on the tax was postponed this fall after turnout lagged at three public input meetings in June.