- Augusta Projects and Initiatives
- Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST)
- SPLOST 7
- SPLOST 7 Proposed Projects
SPLOST 7 Proposed Projects
The sections below describe all of the projects that have been approved for inclusion on the SPLOST 7 referendum on November 3, 2015.
Click here for a downloadable / printable list of SPLOST 7 Proposed Projects
Note: There are NO funds allocated to Non-Governmental Agencies as part of SPLOST 7
Click here for a downloadable / printable list of SPLOST 7 Proposed Projects
Note: There are NO funds allocated to Non-Governmental Agencies as part of SPLOST 7
SPLOST 7 Proposed Project Summary
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Projects Listed by CategoryThe tabs below represent each category of the proposed SPLOST 7 project list. Click on the tab that you want to see in order to view a complete list of the projects that have been requested in that specific category.
Public Safety Total: $45,500,000Public Safety Updates
Renovations - 911 Center $500,000
911 Center Renovation with consideration of physical security and survivability.
Emergency Vehicles $6,000,000
Replacement of emergency response vehicles such as aerial trucks and fire pumpers that are beginning to inflate maintenance costs due to the mileage and wear associated with increased call volume in fire and emergency medical responses. Purchase of Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC). A MEOC is a quick response emergency management, communications, and scene support vehicle. The MEOC allows Emergency Management to support first responders with an incident command post on natural or man-made emergencies and special events where electricity is not readily available.
Construction of three new fire stations $7,500,000
Construction of three new fire stations.
Construction of Training Center / EOC $1,000,000
Funding for the Fire Training Center and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) intended to provide command-and-control during a major incident/emergency.
Fire Station Alerting System Upgrade $1,100,000
Upgrade of the current FSA4000 Alerting System currently being used by the Augusta Fire Department to the Mach Alert Fire Station Alerting System. The upgrade will include integrated voice and data, the addition of incident display boards at each fire station, and integration with CAD.
Public Safety Vehicles $9,000,000
This project will upgrade current Public Safety resources (vehicles and Equipment) necessary to provide the level of service necessary to provide for the publics safety.
P25 Radio System $15,000,000
Augusta's current radio system utilizes technology that is over eighteen (18) years old. In addition to aging technology and infrastructure the system is also not owned by Augusta. Each subscriber pays a monthly fee for system use. Our existing radio system accesses a server located in Columbia, South Carolina, which supports approximately 22,000 subscribers from other Law Enforcement agencies throughout South Carolina. Due to Augusta's growth in size and our increasing need to utilize leading edge technology, purchasing our own system is the best path forward. By purchasing our own system and not paying monthly access fees Augusta can make decisions and implement technology based on what is best for the City of Augusta and our radio users.
Marshal's Operation Center (MOC) $1,000,000
The MOC will provide a centralized monitoring center for county facilities - video, access control, and premise alarms. This centralized approach to asset protection will be more efficient and cost effective, providing 24/7 monitoring of county facilities. Phase 1 is currently in the final stages of installation.
Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) Replacement $900,000
Several Offices and Departments use Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) to perform essential law enforcement functions. In some cases these devices are over seven (7) years old. In order to remain compliant with state, Georgia Criminal Information Center (GCIC), and federal, National Crime Information Center (NCIC), guidelines, Augusta must replace these devices. Specifically, guidelines related to security must be followed. In order to remain compliant, Augusta must remain on an operating system new enough to receive security related updates and patches. In addition to security compliance, these devices are past end of life and difficult to support. They are no longer manufactured and repairs are difficult, when possible.
Training Range Enhancements $2,200,000
Richmond County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) needs to enhance its training facility to keep pace with the advancements in law enforcement training needs. The current facility was built in the 1980s; therefore, updating will allow the training unit growth and the ability to enhance the level of training officers in the agency receive. Recently RCSO partnered with the Augusta Technical College Law Enforcement program and RCSO offers regional training to surrounding police organizations.
Special Operations Precinct $1,300,000
Special Operations Precinct, the renovation of three buildings to relocate the Narcotics Unit, Gang Unit, Crime Suppression Team and Housing Units.
Quality of Life Total: $28,000,000Quality of Life Updates
Hiking/Biking Trails & River Walk Enhancements and Expansion $4,000,000
Trails / Greenspace Initiative & Land Acquisition
Neighborhood Parks/Playgrounds $4,000,000
Playground Unit Replacement Initiative & City-Wide Park Site Improvements
Community Center Improvement/Equipment $4,000,000
HVAC Upgrades & Capital Equipment & City-Wide Park Community Center Improvements
Sports Facility Field and Court Improvements $1,750,000
Restoration of Ball Fields/Irrigation & Tennis/Multi-Purpose Court Upgrades & City-Wide Sports Lighting Improvements
Swimming Pools and Splash Pads $2,000,000
Splash Pad Water Playground Initiative & City-Wide Swimming Pool Renovations
ADA Audit & Improvements, Reforestation, and Cemetery Improvements $1,000,000
Provide for upgrades to all cemetery graves and other infrastructural needs. Fencing, restoring of the brick masonry wall, drive paths, etc.
Augusta Public Art Infusion Project $1,000,000
The goal of this project is to create new public art installations throughout the city of Augusta by constructing sculptures at three major gateways of the city, replacing bus shelters throughout the city with 25 selected for artistic designs, and re-visioning the area surrounding the James Brown statue in downtown Augusta as an urban art and sculpture park.
Augusta Canal Improvements $1,500,000
SPLOST funds would be used to implement recommendations of the Augusta Canal Master Plan for all three levels of the canal. Funds would be primarily used to match grants from the National Park Service, GA DOT, GA DNR, GA Economic Development Department and private foundations. With prior SPLOST allocations we have leveraged the SPLOST dollars by three fold.
Modernized James Brown Arena $6,000,000
Address needed upgrades for aged and outdated James Brown Arena, including possible new multipurpose area with a seating capacity of approximately 9,000 for concerts, sporting events, community events, meetings, futurity, and other events
Transit Bus Purchase $1,350,000
The Augusta Public Transit Department is requesting funding for the purchase of ten new 40ft buses at $448,180 each, totaling $4,481,800.00. The purchase of these buses will enable the Augusta Public Transit Department to provide better service to the citizens of Augusta by increasing daily hours of operation, adding increased frequency, and increasing the number of routes.
New Transit Bus Shelters $650,000
The Augusta Public Transit Department is requesting funding for the purchase of 180 new replacement Passenger Shelters at $10,000 each, totaling $1,800,000.00. The purchase price of these new shelters includes the installation and cost of the shelter, use of solar lighting kits where appropriate, trash receptacles, benches, and site work as applicable to make the sites ADA accessible.
General Government Total: $11,000,000General Government Updates
Consolidated Property Appraisal, Billing, and Collections Software (TAO/TC0) $3,500,000.00
The Consolidated Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) and Billing software will unify the software and hardware platform used in the Tax Commissioner's and Tax Assessor's Offices, providing consistency and data-sharing that is not currently possible. Current issues include tax billing accuracy, redundant procedures, lack of software vendor support, real-time capabilities, and system sluggishness and dependability. The proposed unified software will permit instantaneous transfer of information among software modules, including leveraging Augusta's GIS investment. Finally, the software will meet Augusta's growth and management needs, which are not met by the current software packages.
Project Administration $3,500,000.00
General project administration for all SPLOST 7 Projects
Interest on SPLOST 7 Bonds $4,000,000.00
Infrastructure and Facilities Total: $122,650,000Infrastructure and Facilities Updates
Consolidated On-Call and Emergency Construction Projects $2,350,000.00
Funds for various on-call and emergency needs for construction, design, appraisal, materials, etc.
Grading and Drainage (Stormwater) $25,000,000.00
This project consist of high-priority small capital improvement projects that have been identified and are needed throughout the municipal separate storm water system, to prevent structural failures, to reduce flooding and to preserve stream capacity and water quality. Examples are pipe replacements, inlet replacements, detention pond reconstruction, and emergency stormwater related projects, as identified in a recent comprehensive inventory of the storm water system pipes, ditches, catch basins and inlets.
Monte Sano Ave. Improvements (Wrightsboro Rd. to Walton Way) Concept $300,000.00
Project would utilize Complete Streets principles and strategies as well as public input to design and implement safey improvements along Monte Sano Avenue to improve the safety and operations for all users including vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians.
Wrightsboro Road Reconstruction and Pedestrian Improvements (Highland Ave. to Marks Church Road) $8,500,000.00
Project would utilize Complete Streets principles and strategies as well as public input to design and implement safey improvements along Wrightsboro Road to improve the safety and operations for all users including vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians.
Skinner Mill Road Widening and Realignment (Boy Scout to Walton Way) (Concept and Design) $750,000.00
Project would utilize Complete Streets principles and strategies as well as public input to design and implement safey improvements along Skinner Mill Road to improve the safety and operations for all users including vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians. Project will also reconfigure the intersections of Skinner Mill Road with Robert C. Daniel Boulevard as well as Walton Way Extension.
Maintenance/Construction Machinery and Equipment $1,000,000.00
Purchase of Vac-Truck, bucket trucks, and small equipment.
SPLOST Administration $2,500,000.00
Administration cost charged to SPLOST.
Martin Luther King Drive Road Diet/Safety Improvements $1,000,000.00
Project would utilize Complete Streets principles and strategies as well as public input to design and implement safey improvements along Martin Luther King Drive to improve the safety and operations for all users including vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians.
Walton Way Safety and Operational Improvements (Lake Forest Drive to Milledge Road) Design $700,000.00
Project would utilize Complete Streets principles and strategies as well as public input to design safey improvements for Walton Way between Lake Forest Drive and Milledge Road for all users including vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians. Construction would be performed through future SPLOST funding.
Forest Hill Drainage Improvements and Flood Reduction (Concept and Design) $400,000.00
The replacement of approximately 12000 feet of undersized drainage infrastructure, the majority of which exceeds 75 years in age. The project will include pipe upgrades to consolidate numerous undersized pipes into single large pipes, removal of infrastructure from under residences, and upgrade of collection structures to accommodate current design requirements. Much of the work will be performed in tight spaces with limited clearance.
Rocky Creek Flood Reduction Improvements $6,650,000.00
On-going flood reduction project to reduce flooding upstream in the Hollywood subdivision. Improvements will consist of a lake and a recreation area.
Hyde Park Street & Drainage Improvments and Wilkerson Gardens $6,000,000.00
On-going flood project to fund both the construction of Hyde Park Regional Detention Pond, and Wilkerson Gardens Drainage Subivision.
East Augusta Roadway and Drainage Improvements - Phase III (Marion Homes Area) $4,500,000.00
Phase III of East Augusta includes drainage and street improvements in Marion Homes Subdivision which is bounded by Sand Bar Ferry and Augusta Levee. Improvements consists of underground storm drainage and detention system.
East Augusta Roadway and Drainage Improvements - Phase IV (Azalea, Brunswick, & Albany Street Areas) $2,500,000.00
Phase IV of East Augusta includes drainage and street improvements. Improvements consists of underground storm drainage and detention system.
East Augusta Roadway and Drainage Improvements - Phase V (Hornsby Area) $2,500,000.00
Phase V of East Augusta includes drainage and street improvements. Improvements consists of underground storm drainage and detention system.
City is currently performing an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Assessment and Transition Plan. This project will be used to begin implementing the transition plan based on the priorities set forth in the plan and enhance the City's compliance with ADA along our roadways and sidewalks.
Milling and Resurfacing - Contracts/County Forces $1,500,000.00
Milling and resurfacing secondary and local county roads/streets with county staff and on-call contracts county wide.
Paving Dirt Roads $1,000,000.00
Design and construct various dirt roads in the county as directed by the County Commission.
Fort Gordon Gate Operation Enhancement (Fort Gordon Area) $1,000,000.00
As Fort Gordon expands, there are plans to possibly close Gate 2 and relocate it to the west in conjunction with the widening and possible realignment of Gordon Highway. Money would be used in support of the efforts to improve the operations and/or aesthetics of the gates and area around Fort Gordon and either used as a local match for possible federal funding or to augment any other future projects in around the Gates of Fort Gordon as determined by City and Fort leadership.
Consolidated Fleet Maintenance Facility $1,500,000.00
Consolidated Fleet Maintenance Facility-This would be the consolidation of all fleet maintenance activity in one location as well as the Fleet Management Office.
Renovation of Existing Facilities $500,000.00
Combined Library Renovation Projects
Museum Asset Management $1,000,000.00
The Augusta Museum of History is requesting infrastructure funding in two phases: Phase 1) to stabilize an existing property (540 Reynolds Street) to the Museum's current footprint (560 Reynolds Street), construct a hallway between the property to the building which currently is co-owned by the Museum and the city-county, install a freight elevator and to tie in HVAC, fire suppression, and electrical lines into these structure; Phase 2) the Museum's current wood shop would move to the 540 Reynolds Street property which would create much needed exhibit space to enlarge both the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown exhibition and the Local Legends exhibition. This project would also provide a more attractive streetscape for future economic development projects along and around the 600 and 500 blocks of Reynolds Street.
New Offices for Public Defender $5,000,000.00
Construct/Renovate space to house the Public Defender's Offices. This operation was moved into modular space that was supposed to be temporary over 10 years ago. The number of employees has increase and the quality of space is no longer suitable.
Existing Facilities upgrades $5,000,000.00
Upgrades to various facilities.
Animal Control Upgrades $500,000.00
Upgrade building systems and infrastructure at Augusta Animal Services
New Records Retention Center $2,500,000.00
Construct new Records Retention Center to house Augusta's ever increasing document archive.
Demolish LEC at 401 Walton Way $1,500,000.00
Demolish the abandoned Law Enforcement Center at 401 Walton Way
Municipal Campus - Debt Service Payoff $35,000,000.00
Blythe and Hephzibah Updates
Blythe Combined Project Totals $1,900,000.00
- Water System Upgrades and Improvements
- Surface-water Drainage / Storm Water Improvements
- Police Department / Public Safety Equipment
- Parks / Recreation; Community Building / Public Library / Media Center
- WI-FI Wireless Internet Equipment
- Repairs renovations for City Hall and Administrative facility
- Building Security
- Copier Equipment
- Municipal information technology system
- Paving / Resurfacing Roads / Streets and Solar Street Lights
- Capital Outlay Projects: Tractors, trucks, trailers, backhoes, loaders, mowers, trimmers, edgers and related equipment
- Additional Water System Upgrades and Improvements
Hephzibah Combined Project Totals $6,500,000.00
- Hephzibah Agricultural Center
- Water Department Upgrades
- Multi-use Trails
- Roadway Improvements & Beautification
- Water Dept. Vehicles & Equipment
- Public Safety Vehicles & Equipment
- Fire & EMS Vehicles & Equipment
- Fire Department Facilities Upgrades
- Alternative Energy
- Sports & Recreation
- Senior Facilities
- Water Tank Upgrades
- City Hall Expansion