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Roads, bridges atop SPLOST spending list

By Walter Geiger The Lamar County commission has produced a report on how SPLOST funds were spent during 2012, the first year of outlays from the new round of sales tax revenues. Thus far the bulk of the money, $830,248.57 has been spent on roads and bridges with an additional $113,762.25 spent on public works equipment. SPLOST funds in the amount of $3,361,131 are set aside for roads and bridges with $422,826 in the plan for public works equipment. SPLOST will fund $500,000 for fire department equipment and fire station improvements now expected to cost $530,000. Only $20,000 was spent on fire projects in 2012. Another half million is set aside for water system maintenance and enhancement. None of those funds have yet been expended. Voters approved $350,000 for recreation projects and equipment but only $4530.30 was expended last year. Also approved was $250,000 for renovation of the Lamar Service Center (old Barnesville Academy). No money was spent on projects there last year. The county’s legal advertisement regarding SPLOST spending may be found in the print edition of The Herald-Gazette.

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