WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – White County Commission Chairman Travis Turner used his time during the 2020 Eggs and Issues Breakfast Friday to give attendees a review of the important events that took place in White County last year.
The event was held at The Bridge Church and was sponsored by the White County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Beth Truelove served as hostess.
With State Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) and State Reps. Lee Hawkins (R-Gainesville) and Terry Rogers (R-Clarkesville) in the audience, Turner thanked all three for the service to the county.
“We appreciate the fact that we can reach out to our state delegation and they respond to us,” he said.
Turner outlined some of the projects the county completed in 2019.
“Over the last year, the county paved 13 roads for a total of 21 miles out of our special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) dollars.” The cost of $2.5 million included paving dirt roads and resurfacing existing roads.
“One of the highlights of the last year was the completion of Yonah Preserve Baseball and Softball Complex. “If you haven’t had an opportunity, please go out there. That is a $4 million project that has put the county on the map. We want to make this a destination location for our county.”
The county just completed installation of a new 911 telephone system that will help emergency services locate a caller even when the caller is not aware of their exact location, simply by pinging their cell phone.
Phase 3 of the Appalachian Parkway is now underway, a $16 million project that will improve transportation in and around White County. Last year, the Board of Commissioners committed to a partnership with the City of Cleveland to invest $100,000 for improvements to the water lines along the project.
The White County Fire Department has received a SAFR grant that will allow the county to hire four additional full time firefighters.
Unemployment in White County has reached a historic low of 2 percent.
“SPLOST receipts are up tremendously,” Turner said. “Our LOST receipts are up 10 percent. Hotel/motel tax receipts are up 13 percent and we, as your Board of Commissioners maintained the same millage rate in 2018 and 2019.”
The county ended last year with a $3.9 million fund balance that would allow the county to continue to operate for 2.7 months should an unexpected disaster hit the county.
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