The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 7 election is rapidly approaching.
Cowetans who wish to vote in the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum, or city elections, must be registered to vote by Oct. 10.
If you’ve recently moved to the city limits of one of the municipalities holding city elections, and have not updated your address, you’ll need to do that by Oct. 10 to be eligible to vote in the city elections.
There will be city elections in Senoia, Grantville, Sharpsburg, Turin, Palmetto and Chattahoochee Hills. Only residents inside the city limits are eligible to vote in city elections. A mailing address with a city or town, or a specific zip code, does not indicate whether or not an address is within the city limits.
There are many ways to register to vote or to update your voter registration with a change of address. You can register online – or check your voter registration status – at registertovote.sos.ga.gov
You can also register at the Coweta County Voter Registration Office, 22 East Broad St., Newnan, or with a paper form that is mailed in. You can download paper forms at sos.ga.gov or find them at various locations including libraries.
For more information, contact the voter registration office at 770-254-2615.
The county-wide SPLOST referendum is on the proposed extension of the 1-percent sales tax for six more years, starting Jan. 1, 2019. The current SPLOST ends Dec. 31, 2018. County SPLOSTs last six years.
Under state law, proceeds from a SPLOST tax can only be used for capital projects, not personnel or operations. A list of projects must be determined before the vote.
The sales tax revenue is divided amongst Coweta and its municipalities. The division is based on population, point of sale and service delivery and is included in the intergovernmental agreement.
Coweta County gets 66.65 percent and Newnan gets 26.94 percent. The rest of the municipalities get a significantly smaller share – 2.94 percent for Senoia, 2.3 percent for Grantville, 0.3 percent for Moreland, 0.26 percent for Sharpsburg, 0.25 percent for, Turin, 0.23 percent for Palmetto, and 0.13 percent for Haralson.
If approved, the SPLOST is expected to collect up to $140 million.
Before the money is divided amongst the county and cities, money will be taken off the top for “Level II” projects for Coweta 911 and Coweta Emergency Management.
The Level II projects include new radio consoles at Coweta 911, with a cost of $1.15 million, a public safety radio system upgrade of $1.5 million, new ambulances at a cost of $2.78 million and ambulance equipment of $6.18 million.
The approved project lists are as follows:
Roads, streets, bridges and sidewalks: $68,831
Parks and recreation: $95,127
Public safety, animal control and municipal court: $10,000
Public safety: $307,772
Water system: $50,000
Roads, streets, bridges and sidewalks: $202,535
Public safety: $10,000
Stormwater system: $25,000
Wastewater system: $5,000
Parks and recreation: $10,000
City hall and community center: $32,000
Roads, streets and bridges: $80,916
Cultural, recreational and historical facilities: $147,000
Utility projects: $120,000
Roads, streets, sidewalks and trails: $252,442
Old Mill and town hall: $100,000
Museum and culture: $14,000
Cemetery Improvements: $35,000
Roads, streets, bridges and sidewalks: $1,109,082
Utility infrastructure and equipment improvements: $376,810
City hall, freight depot, passenger depot and auditorium renovations: $338,360
Parks, recreation and culture facility improvements: $338,360
Public safety equipment and improvements: $338,360
Historic preservation - facilities and improvements: $288,375
Downtown revitalization/streetscape: $288,375
Parks and recreation: $1,435,000
Public safety: $699,132
Roads, streets, bridges and sidewalks: $1,500,000
Public works: $300,000
Street, sidewalk and drainage maintenance: $6,001,193
Street, intersection and sidewalk improvements: $4,000,000
Lower Fayetteville Road project match: $4,000,000
Heavy equipment: $1,000,000
Public safety training facility: $1,750,000
Fire trucks: $1,500,000
Path and linear parks: $7,000,000
Parks and leisure service facilities: $7,000,000
Information systems network upgrades: $193,469
Water and sewer improvements (Newnan Utilities) $2,679,830
Newnan Utilities parks: $800,000
Newnan Utilities SCADA computer system expenses: $125,000
911 Center renovation/expansion: $900,000
Public safety radio towers connection: $100,000
Fire station renovations: $1,664,000
Apparatus replacement: $3,736,000
Madras Community Center: $2,500,000
Park renovations and trails: $2,700,000
Northgate/Collinsworth area community center: $900,000
Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) patrol division renovations: $750,000
CCSO Motorola console upgrade: $200,000
CCSO vehicle replacements: $3,000,000
CCSO equipment and technology: $1,450,000
Roads, bridges, culverts and sidewalks: $71,287,031