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Habersham County completes construction of landfill cell 5

September 18, 2020 - 10:14:08 AM
Habersham County completes construction of new landfill cell funded by SPLOST
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2020
Media Contact: Carolyn McDuffie, Public Information Officer;
cmcduffie@habershamga.com
 
 
Habersham County completes construction of landfill cell 5
Habersham County completes construction of new landfill cell funded by SPLOST
 
CLARKESVILLE, Ga., ––  Georgia law allows local jurisdictions to use sales tax proceeds as funding for capital improvement projects that would otherwise be paid for with general fund and property tax revenues, which in many cases would present too great a burden to the local taxpayers and preclude projects from being undertaken.
 
A special-purpose local-option (SPLOST) sales tax is a financing method for funding capital outlay projects in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is an optional 1% sales tax levied by any county for the purpose of funding the building of parks, schools, roads, and other public facilities.
 
Most capital projects in Habersham County and its 7 municipalities are funded by SPLOST. This includes the completion of a new cell at Habersham County’s landfill. This cell took a little over a year to complete and cost approximately $3.8 million in SPLOST tax funds.  
 
Habersham County’s current landfill site opened to the public in 1993. The site is comprised of 181 total acres. Of that acreage, 78 acres are currently covered by the landfill footprint.
 
Since opening in 1993, the site has expanded to include 3 recycling locations and now 5 solid waste cells. These cells can be utilized for 22 years increasing the life of the current Habersham County landfill site.
 
The formal Notice to Proceed on cell 5 at the Habersham Landfill was issued on June 26, 2019 with work beginning shortly after. The cell was completed in late May 2020. The cell was entered for use on September 8, 2020.
 
“Without SPLOST dollars, this project would not have been possible,” said Public Works Director Derick Canupp. “We are happy with the result and look forward to the community’s use of this important asset.” 
 
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