This SPLOST collection ends in December 2012.
State-mandated Wastewater treatment plant phosphorous filtration upgrade:
Budgeted: $4 million
Total spent to date: $11,873 – 2010
Status: Ongoing: the city is still waiting for the state to release acceptable phosphorous limit numbers for water released from the Mauldin Road treatment plant. Total cost of the project depends the amount of filtration needed. The $4 million budgeted was simply the amount of projected SPLOST dollars left over after other projects were budgeted, explained City Utiltites General Manager Kelly Cornwell. The project may require more funds than projected, and the city is conducting pilot studies on phosphorouse removal now.
Water/ sewer plant improvements:
Total spent to date: $4,154,196/ $3,729,413 in 2009; $424,783 in 2010
Status: Ongoing - this project includes is a catch-all of water and sewer endeavors throughout the city, according to City Utilities Finance Director Andrea Bramlett. It also includes the connection of the Big Springs water treatment plant to the rest of the city’s water system. Bramlett said the city has spent $1,294,079 so far on that project and that it is ongoing but is “running within budget.”
Fourth fire station and equipment:
Budgeted: $1.5 million
Total spent to date: $0
Status: The money is set aside to be used, according to Mayor Jimmy Palmer but the city is still in talks as to when construction will begin. The economic downturn has caused the city not to set a timeframe on construction, he said.
Total allotted for Calhoun SPLOST projects: $10,234,297
Total spent to date: $4,166,069