Ashebrooke
Barrett Downs
Belmont
Bentley Farms
Bentley Hill Estates
Big Creek Township
Brannon Woods
Brighton Lake
Calamar
Castleberry Place
Castlebrooke
Coventry
Creekside
Creekside Estates
Dressage
Dressage
Enclave at Fieldstone
Estate at Creekside Fenwick
Fieldstone
Fieldstone Glen
Fieldstone Park
Forest Brooke
FoxCreek
Georgetown
Hampton Forest
Heritage Manor
Hunters Walk
Hutchinson Trace
Ivey Manor
Kentmere
Liberty
Longwood
Majors Ridge
Notting Hill
Oak Knoll
Oakmont
Pine Creek
Pinnacle Glen
Polo Fields
Post Gate
Preserve at Fieldstone
Providence Plantation
Rogers Crossing
Ryans Bluff
Sheffield
Silver Leaf
The Court at Bethelview Downs
The Villas at Castleberry Township
Valley Stream
Vickery
Vickery Downs
Vickery Lake
Vickery Springs
Wade Valley
West Castleberry Road
Weybridge
Whitfield
Wills Orchard
Wynfield

Proposed SPLOST VII Split
&
List of County and City Projects

The Forsyth Board of Commissioners has sent their recommendation for SPLOST VII to the City of Cumming.  The plan contains both County projects and City designated projects.

Understand that it is the county’s proposal to the city.  It is not final and will likely change!  The good news is that a 12.5% split is proposed as opposed to the 15% split used in the last SPLOST.  The bad news is that it should be 3.2%, the population ratio!!

We ask residents to understand the facts.

This memo covers three issues on the $200 million SPLOST VII:

  1. The proposed split between the City of Cumming and Forsyth County  12.5% versus 3.2% as required by law.
  2. The need for acceptance of citizen input.
  3. The City's $10,500,000 for roads.

The Split

Georgia’s law for SPLOST calls for the city of Cumming to receive a minimum split of 3.2%, its population ratio to the county.

Our BoC is proposing a $100 million Jail/Courthouse complex in “downtown” Cumming.  This $100 million plus a $1 million water issue are legally excluded from the SPLOST TAX by the city.  However, the city will receive 12.5% of SPLOST VII’s remaining $99 million  - - - - -  that’s $9.18  million more than the $3.17 million the city would receive if the 3.2% legal split was applied by our BOC!! 

Citizens need to ask our BOC:

BOC Approved Splost VII List of County and City Projects

The Forsyth Board of Commissioners has approved the list of County and City projects listed below.

County Projects Estimated Costs
Courthouse and Jail     $100,000,000
Roads, Streets, Bridges, and Sidewalks      71,900,000
Public Safety        3,900,000
Animal Shelter        3,000,000
Library        2,800,000
Parks and Recreation        2,400,000
Administration Building        2,500,000
Water     1,000,000
Subtotal      $187,500,000
City Projects
Parks and recreation        $2,000,000
Roads, streets, bridges, sidewalks, lights     10,500,000
Subtotal     12,500,000
Grand Total SPLOST VII      $200,000,000

Conclusion

The Forsyth County BOC is giving the City and its 5,400 citizens almost 4X more than required by the state.  This is equivalent to $148 of extra taxes per County Household that our BoC is assessing each county household [(12.5% X $99M) – (3.2% X $99M) ÷ 62 ,000 = $148 per household].

Two related facts:

  1. The City’s $10,500,000 for roads/bridges/streetlights/side walks if prorated up from 5,400 city folks to 175,500 county residents equals $341,000,000.  Does this sound correct?
    • Recall that Forsyth County is requesting road spend of $71,900,000  for all 175,500 residents.
    • Also that the State pays for all improvements/maintenance on the city’s two main roads: Hwy’s 20 and 9. Is it correct for the County to give the City 2.74X proportionally more capital  for roads then we plan to spend.
  2. From initial City documents that identified specific roads, it is apparent that part of  City’s $10,500,000 request is to widen roads adjacent to parcels in the family holding of a current Forsyth County Commissioner.  We are not aware if that commissioner recused himself on the City Splost List

Adequate Information and Acceptance of Citizen Input Needed

The BoC SPLOST VII list does not provide the information needed for the voter to make an intelligent decision.  It is our understanding that the BoC plans may be to list only the road names slated for “improvement” without any improvement description, estimated cost, etc.  The same applies to parks, library, etc. 

The stated purpose of this approach is to give the BoC "flexibility to change how they spend" our money.  Is this good?  Citizens agree on how much but the BOC says on what?  You must decide how much flexibility is needed.

Citizens in this very poor economy wish to be judicious on how their own and the county’s money is spent.  If you agree that we need adequate information, tell the commissioners.

Summary

Please pass this on to friends and neighbors.  Visit our web site here

Thank you and do stay informed.

For the Committee    Tony DeMaria & Lee Cohn