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Posted: May 27, 2011 4:38 p.m.

Social Circle preps for SPLOST

Social Circle is prepared to allocate its $3.1 million share of Walton County's proposed $60 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

SPLOST is set to go before Walton County voters on Nov. 8. The current SPLOST ends in 2012 and collection of the new SPLOST, if approved, would begin in 2013 and continue for five years, according to records.

Social Circle City Manager Doug White proposed the city allocate SPLOST funds as follows: $1 million for public safety improvements, $750,000 for roads, sidewalks and drainage improvements, $500,000 for library improvements and expansion, $500,000 for water and sewer improvements and $250,000 for playgrounds and recreation projects.

The Social Circle City Council discussed the allocations in its regular meeting held May 17, according to records.

Also approved was the spending of $12,160 on utilities. Purchases included a sewer camera valued at $8,800, and a pump valued at $3,560 for the wastewater treatment plant.

City Council members have also decided to change the Historic Preservation Ordinance. Under the new changes, the demolition waiting period has been reduced from six months to one month for historic properties. For non-historic properties, the waiting period has been reduced from two months to one month as well.

Debra Smith and Teri Womack, representatives of One Walton, gave a presentation to the Council regarding its new branding initiative.

One Walton hopes to recruit the local governments in its campaign to unite the Walton County community.

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