The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

Working Together


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Sep. 24, 2019 - 4:27 PM

The upcoming Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) referendum, is the culmination of cooperative governance, community feedback, and coordinated planning among state, county, and city officials.

The TSPLOST planning process began in 2017, with the formation of the Joint Transportation Coordinating Committee (JTCC), comprised of a representative from each of Coweta’s nine populated municipalities, as well as a county citizen, and a business and industry representative.

Eight meetings were held over the course of the last two years, featuring speakers from GDOT, engineering firms, businesses, and citizens, culminating in the June 12th passage of an intergovernmental agreement to create a single-county TSPLOST and finalized project list.

Throughout this period, the cross-municipal effort has been covered by the Newnan Times-Herald, highlighted on social media, and brought to the community at large via a series of public input sessions.

The entire process has been marked by transparency and accountability.

As part of the public engagement initiative, 15 meetings were held across the county in order to solicit public input as to the county’s transportation infrastructure and environment, complemented by an online survey made available and broadly promoted to those who could not attend a meeting.

An interactive experience for meeting attendees, the initiative led to thoughtful input that was subsequently presented to county officials and led to the addition of five additional projects to the official list.

While it’s never enjoyable to pay additional taxes, it is disingenuous to assert that the process was one-sided or that decisions were made behind closed doors.

The entire planning period was the reflection of an efficient, open, and honest process as our local and regional government worked alongside members of the greater Coweta community to benefit of all who live, work, and navigate our county.

Blue Cole

Sharpsburg