Cumming to get park funds in exchange for parking lot: Forsyth County, city swap SPLOST funds

by Aldo Nahed

April 23, 2013

CUMMING, Ga. — An intergovernmental agreement between the city of Cumming and Forsyth County is moving forward.

In a swap of funds, the City of Cumming and Forsyth County are working to enhance parks in the city and complete the purchase of land for a parking garage.

Because the city has special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) money dedicated for a parking deck, they want to give $5.3 million to the county to help build the two parking garages planned for downtown Cumming for the new courthouse and jail facilities that are under construction.

The final agreement was approved at the April 16 city of Cumming meeting.

"The county will use the $5.3 million for acquisition of property, design, construction and related street improvements," said County Attorney Ken Jarrard.

In exchange, the city's agreement wants the county to provide $4 million that will go toward the enhancement of city-owned parks.

The city and county are partners in the construction of the $100 million new jail and courthouse.

The city’s portion is $12.5 million.

The parking garages will be built on Castleberry Road and West Maple for 220 to 250 car slots and another will be located off East Main and Mason Street neighboring the Forsyth County Administration building for about 430-480 car spaces.

The city will use the $4 million dollars of park bond funds to enhance their parks and recreation, said City Attorney Dana Miles. The county will use the city's SPLOST parking funds to build the two public parking decks.

“When we send the county a check for money collected in SPLOST, they will send us a check back,” Miles said.

In the future, the county and city will work together in case there are expansions needed at the facilities.

This article was published in the Forsyth Herald April 24, 2013 edition