Flowery Branch stands to gain some $6.8 million for various public projects, according to a SPLOST VIII agreement that’s circulating this month among Hall County governments.
The biggest portion of that amount would be $5.7 million for roads and infrastructure, including improvements at Exit 12, where the Georgia Department of Transportation is planning an Interstate 985 widening.
Of the remaining special purpose local option sales tax proceeds, $383,384 would go for public works property and equipment; $535,000, parks; and $156,000, public safety/police.
Money would go toward roads, culverts, sidewalks and equipment.
“I think all these are solid uses of this money,” Councilman Joe Anglin said during a Flowery Branch City Council discussion Thursday, Aug. 1.
He especially noted the Exit 12 project with “all the development” coming to the city.
City Finance Director Alisha Gamble said city officials would go before the council Aug. 15 to request approval for Mayor Mike Miller to sign an agreement between Hall County and its cities.
Overall, plans are moving forward for the special purpose local option sales tax, which is set to go before voters in November and would be in effect July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2026.
The tax would be used to fund capital projects for Hall County and its municipalities.
If approved, it is projected to bring in about $217 million countywide.