Input begins for 2014 sales tax projects

LAWRENCEVILLE — With a vote now set for Nov. 5, officials are looking to the public for help in determining the projects that could be built with $498 million in special purpose local option sales tax funds, which will be considered in the referendum.

A citizens group will begin meeting Monday to prepare the project list for the $275 million the 2014 sales tax program could bring in transportation dollars over three years. And a series of sessions have been set for people to sound off on how they hope the nearly $6 million earmarked for senior services is spent.

Last month, residents selected a team of representatives from six major interest groups to serve on the transportation project selection committee.

Members include Marlin Knapp, Scott Hilton, Jerry Oberholtzer, Renee Byrd-Lewis, Laurie McClain, Curt Thompson, Art Sheldon, Alan Kaplan and Davida Baker. Alternates are Bill Wise, Jim Kwater, Greg Cantrell, Jody Everette, Glenn Park, Jacqueline Frazier, Tommy Loggins, Daniel Jardine and John Winters.

“During this first meeting, the committee will get information about project categories that will be funded by the SPLOST renewal if voters approve it in November,” Transportation Director Kim Conroy said. “We’ll ask them to start thinking about how to allocate funding to these various categories.”

Monday’s meeting, which is set for 6 p.m. at the DOT Central Facility, located at 620 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville, is open to the public.

Input on the senior services projects can be made at a series of meetings in October.

All set for 10 a.m., the first session will be held Oct. 1 at the Buford Senior Center at 2755 Sawnee Ave. Meetings will also be held Oct. 3 at Norcross Senior Center at 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Oct. 4 at Centerville Senior Center at 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville and Oct. 7 at Lawrenceville Senior Center at 225 Benson St.