The city of Dalton is wanting to hear from the public about extending the Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax, known as SPLOST.

The SPLOST, which is a one cent added sales tax in Whitfield County, is set to end next June. Leaders in Dalton and Whitfield County want are considering extending SPLOST past that date.

“Projects covered by SPLOST help keep from adding to the long-term property tax burden, and allows the community to share the costs with visitors who travel through the area,” Parker added.

On August 16, the community is invited to express their thoughts about potential projects they would like to see SPLOST address at a drop-in meeting on August 16 at the Mack Gaston Community Center from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

“This meeting is important because it provides a direct connection to citizens who can tell us what they would like to see accomplished by a continuation of the 1-cent SPLOST. That input will help determine how to proceed,” said Parker.

Funds collected through the current SPLOST helped purchases a new radio system for police and fire departments in the county.

Using SPLOST funds, we have been able to address several major traffic safety and congestion projects, like the ones on College Drive at Walnut Avenue, Glenwood Avenue at Morris Street, Glenwood Avenue at MLK Jr. Blvd, and the Fields Avenue/Veterans Drive Extension,”Dalton City Administrator Jason Parker said. “In addition, there were several quality of life projects like the Dalton/Whitfield Regional Library renovation, and also renovations to Lakeshore Park and Brookwood Park. The Haig Mill Park is also a SPLOST Project, and will be a crown jewel for recreation when it opens later this summer”

For more information, visit the city's website