While the Chamber is constantly advocating on behalf of our members, we encourage the community to communicate with their delegates.
This spring, 40 local representatives from various levels of community leadership and involvement spent two days learning about how Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee, has become a top rated, award winning community and returned home with fresh ideas on how we can improve our own community.
Our Focus in Franklin
Our local representatives met with City and County Mayors, School Superintendent, City Planners, Cultural Foundation, Chamber, Economic Development and CVB leaders as well as private business owners including new downtown hotel investors, restaurant owners and the Director of the public/private Marriott Conference Center. They also immersed themselves in the community by visiting local eateries, touring facilities, and getting an overall vibe for what makes Franklin a stand out in the nation in regards to TRUE community collaboration.
2016 SPLOST Passes!
The SPLOST call is for funding in three major categories: 51% Transportation/Road; 32% Fire/EMS/Public Safety Radio; and 17% Parks/Recreation. The County share of total funds to be generated by the one-cent sales tax over six years is estimated to be about $100 million.
Committee Project Recommendations: Transportation/Roads: $51 million total
Road Resurfacing – $18 million
Economic Development Transportation Projects – $10 million
Intersections/Operations – $15 million
Georgia Highway 5/Douglas Boulevard, Georgia Highway 92/Anneewakee Road, Thornton Road/Riverside Parkway, Sweetwater Church Road/Dorris Road, Stewarts Mill Road/Reynolds Road, Georgia Highway 5/Concourse Parkway, US Highway 78/John West Road/South Baggett Road, Post Road/Interstate 20 Ramps, Georgia Highway 166/Post Road, Georgia Highway 166/Chapel Hill Road, Bright Star Road/John West Road,
Sidewalks and Bridges – $8 million
Post Road Bridge over the Dog River, Lithia Springs Elementary School Sidewalks, Chestnut Log Middle School Sidewalks, New Manchester High School Sidewalks
Committee Project Recommendations: Fire/EMS/Public Safety Radio System: $32 million total
Public Safety Radio System – $16.5 million
Ambulance/Engine/Aerial/Heavy Rescue/Vehicles – $8.1 million
Fire Training Center Completion – $1 million
Fire Safety Mobile Education House – $100,000
New Fire Station #9 Construction, Equipment/Vehicles – $4.2 million
Existing Fire Stations/Headquarters Renovations – $2 million
Fire/EMS Computer Upgrades – $100,000
Committee Project Recommendations: Parks/Recreation: $17 million total
Multi-purpose Recreation Facility/Senior Center/Gym – $11.2 million
Park Renovations – $2.369 million
Winston Park, Bill Arp Park, Fairplay Park, Post Road Park, Deer Lick Park
Equipment – $500,000
Dog River Nature Center – $2.8 million