MILTON, Ga. — If the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) one percent sales tax passes July 31, Milton residents can expect nearly $1 million annually for the next 10 years to go into the city's transportation coffers.
The one project Milton has on the regional list that has to be approved by voters is the widening of Arnold Mill Road in conjunction with Cherokee County and the cities of Roswell and Alpharetta. However, every city will get an annual allocation of money for local transportation projects.
Milton city staff put together a list of 21 projects – all intersection improvements – they hope to complete ahead of schedule with that money.
"One of the things we wanted to look at was how we would use the discretionary funds," said Public Works Director Carter Lucas. "We can use those dollars as we see fit."
The list was compiled from various master plans the city has on which intersections need to be worked on in the near future to help with traffic flow.
With the inclusion of TSPLOST money, the timeline on those projects will be bumped up significantly.
"They were going to be worked on anyway," Lucas said of the improvements.
While the projects on the list are already on the city's radar, the particulars are being left out until funding is available. An intersection improvement might be simply lane widening or it may be a complete roundabout.
The referendum covers everything from paving roads to filling potholes, building bridges, new drainage and multi-use trails.
All projects must be completed during the 10-year lifetime of the tax.