Splost

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Original Question:
There is discussion here of including some new library buildings in the extension of the current SPLOST which would be on the ballot in early February. Over the years there has been much discussion of library SPLOST projects on this list. I have several questions I hope some of you may have answers to.

Can funds for furniture and equipment for library buildings being built with SPLOST funds be included in SPLOST?

Can funds for library materials for library buildings being built with SPLOST funds be included in SPLOST? I remember quite a bit of discussion of this one and I think I remember that with the right wording, the answer is yes.

Your help will be greatly appreciated. Carol

Respondent: Can funds for furniture and equipment for library buildings being built with SPLOST funds be included in SPLOST?
YES. Absolutely!
Can funds for library materials for library buildings being built with SPLOST funds be included in SPLOST? I remember quite a bit of discussion of this one and I think I remember that with the right wording, the answer is yes.
Yes, as long as the materials are tied to a construction project. We’ve had informal AG opinions on this.

Respondent: Obviously, I agree with Kathie. The last wording I heard on the books was as long as it was an "opening day" or "initial" collection. Both of these have been done with Catoosa County, and passed muster at least with their county attorney.

Respondent: When we reviewed the wording for our SPLOST referendum in Dawson County, we said something like “to build, furnish, and stock a new public library.” We paid for all the FF&E as well as the opening day collection with SPLOST funds.

Respondent: I have fought that battle in Henry County and, finally after getting copies of the SPLOST regulations and explanations of those regulations, I have convinced the county that all capitals items which includes both FF&E and opening day collections can be purchased with SPLOST revenues. Pointing out that, according to GASBY 34, a library collection is considered capital helped a lot.

Respondent: We used just over $1million from our SPLOST for the main library for an opening day collection. We have legal opinion that the additional $6.1 million now available can also be used for books.

Respondent: Houston County's 2006 SPLOST wording included funding for library buildings, renovations, additions, and materials.

Respondent: We have survived two SPLOST campaigns and in one case we had books in the other we did not. Both have FF&E. So, the answer for us is, "yes."