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BOC rejects SPLOST manager position

JONESBORO — Clayton County commissioners shot down a proposal to bring in someone to clear out a backlog of unfinished tax-funded projects.

County officials had pushed for the creation of a manager of capital projects position to get Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax projects pushed through to completion. An ordinance to create the manager’s position was defeated in a 2-3 vote.

Vice-Chairman Michael Edmondson and commissioners Sonna Singleton and Gail Hambrick voting against the position.

Without the position, it remains to be seen how the county will push through the backlog of unfinished SPLOST projects. The county has a list of at least five dozen SPLOST-funded projects — some of which were approved by voters nearly a decade ago — that are still waiting to be built.

The list spans two SPLOST cycles approved in 2004 and 2009, and includes everything from recreation centers to public safety facilities. Per state law, SPLOST funds can only be spent on projects approved by voters.

County and municipal leaders are preparing to put together a wish list for a new SPLOST set to go before voters next year.