Rockdale County sees jump in sales tax revenue

CONYERS -- SPLOST revenues have been higher than expected in Rockdale County, according to a report given at the 2011 SPLOST Oversight Committee.

The revenues are $195,700 over the projected collection for the past month. This total is after debt services and the city of Conyers have been paid.

"If we keep doing that for the next three to four years, we'll be in good shape," said Fred Straub, chairman of the SPLOST finance subcommittee.

The members of the SPLOST committee will receive monthly updates of the finances, according to Straub. Level one projects, including the jail, will receive their funding first.

"These are projections as to what you will receive and when you will receive them," Straub said during the committee's regular meeting Monday.

The projections are based on SPLOST receiving a little over $1 million per month, Straub said.

"If collections keep going as they did last month -- and we certainly hope they do -- you will get your money a little faster," he said.

SPLOST subcommittees also gave brief updates of SPLOST projects.

Mike Houchard, chairman of the transportation subcommittee, said the county's Transportation Department has four intersection projects that have started right of way acquisition.

"We would anticipate this means construction of these four projects would be in calendar year 2012," Houchard said.

Work has also begun on Irwin Bridge and the Transportation Department is working to develop a maintenance program for roads.

"I'm hoping it will accomplish the main mission to extend the life of our roads," Houchard said of the program.

SPLOST has other projects slated for completion in 2012.

The water department will begin work on the proposed water tank in 2012.

Chip Hatcher, chairman of the water subcommittee, said there is some dirt and rock to move before construction can begin, but the project is moving forward. The Parks and Recreation Department will begin work on the Lorraine Trailhead when funds become available in December. Craig McCullough, who chairs the parks and recreation subcommittee, said the project would be completed by March. The Lorraine Trailhead will be the first parks and recreation project under the 2011 SPLOST. It was approved by the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.