Question: Though Georgia State law does allow the use of the SPLOST process to purchase capital equipment such as fire trucks, etc.... Why are we doing it this way? Why aren't these items part of the annual Capital Projects? Does this mean if the referendum is defeated, that these pieces of equipment will not be purchased?
Answer: These items are generally purchased using our property taxes, but the state allows these items to be purchased through SPLOST. We do not collect enough through our property taxes to take care of all the equipment needs public safety has, as these purchases must be balanced with other needs throughout the County as well as operations. A fire truck can cost around $1M, and we collect approximately $2.4M annually from capital project millage, which must be split between all capital project needs, including drainage, public safety equipment, parks & recreation improvements, road and bridge improvements, and other capital needs.