County denies bump money for Bowersville

  • A Hart County road crew employee removes the speed bumps in Bowersville in August.
    A Hart County road crew employee removes the speed bumps in Bowersville in August.
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The Hart County Board of Commissioners voted on Dec. 10 to deny Bowersville SPLOST money to pay for an ill-fated speed bump project.
During public comment period,  Bowersville resident George Nolan requested the reimbursement of $5,700 of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for speed bumps installed in July and removed in August be fulfilled by the county. Commissioner Ricky Carter requested that the county take action on the request after Chairman Joey Dorsey tried to move to the next topic on the agenda.
“The agreement to make the payment when they submit the invoice has already been made,” Carter said. “This board has no authority  to say it shouldn’t be given.”
Hart County Attorney Walter Gordon responded by saying that the project was within the allocated SPLOST amount designated to Bowersville.
Dorsey then claimed that the language of the agreement said the $72,000 was for “capital outlay improvements of streets and roads” and  that he did not think the speed bumps classified as capital outlay. He also said that he doesn’t think it was voted on by the city of Bowersville to use SPLOST money.

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