2014-04-16 / Front Page

Jenkins County puts T-SPLOST to work

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


After a cold winter, the Jenkins County Commissioners have resumed their T-SPLOST resurfacing program. According to County Field Director Grady Lane, Green Fork-Perkins Road will be resurfaced first, followed by Green Fork Church Road and then the portion of W. Old Savannah Road that connects Highway 25 to Brinson’s BBQ. Due to the deteriorated condition of Old Savannah Road, it will have to be completely rebuilt. (Photo contributed) After a cold winter, the Jenkins County Commissioners have resumed their T-SPLOST resurfacing program. According to County Field Director Grady Lane, Green Fork-Perkins Road will be resurfaced first, followed by Green Fork Church Road and then the portion of W. Old Savannah Road that connects Highway 25 to Brinson’s BBQ. Due to the deteriorated condition of Old Savannah Road, it will have to be completely rebuilt. (Photo contributed) The Jenkins County Commissioners are putting Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) dollars to work.

The county has recently resumed its resurfacing efforts with Green Fork- Perkins Road, Green Fork Church Road and a portion of W. Old Savannah Road being among the first county roads to be paved with T-SPLOST dollars.

The 1-cent sales tax was approved in July 2012 by voters in Region 7, which includes Jenkins County, and it went into effect Jan. 1, 2013. The T-SPLOST is expected to generate revenue totaling $841 million that will be used to fund transportation projects over the next 10 years. All projects must be completed during the 10-year collection period.

Seventy-five percent of the revenue collected will be used to fund approved projects as listed in the voter-approved referendum. Included in the referendum was a $2 million project for Jenkins County for the widening of SR67 (Winthrope Avenue toward Sylvania) and installing turn lanes.

Twenty-five percent of the revenue will be distributed to the cities and counties of the CSRA by a formula to be used for local transportation improvements. It is predicted that approximately $10 million in these discretionary funds will come to Jenkins County and Millen over the 10-year tax period. It is these funds that are being used for local road paving and improvements. Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation are also being used for some projects.

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