Improvements list has hefty price tag

Columbia County commissioners accepted a proposed master list of capital improvement projects for a 2011-15 sales tax referendum. Though the list likely will be pared down, it is estimated to cost more than $190 million.



After public information sessions during the summer and a final draft, to be prepared by October, a referendum for the new sales tax likely will be presented to voters on the November general election ballot.


Reach the Columbia County Commission's main office at (706) 868--3379. For a map of commissioners' districts, visit www., click on the government heading, go to elected/appointed officials and select commissioners and commissioner district boundaries.


Project.....Estimated costs

Widen Gibbs Road.....$2 million

Widen Owens Road.....$2.1 million

15 miles of dirt road paving.....$10.9 million

Blanchard Woods Park phase 2 (includes seven soccer fields, some restrooms and parking).....$6.5 million

Wildwood Park improvements.....$2 million

Evans Town Center Park.....$8 million

Savannah Rapids Pavilion renovations.....$1.5 million

Reed Creek Park phase 3 (includes an extension of the boardwalk, a bridge and outdoor classrooms).....$800,000

Bartram Trail Golf Course clubhouse.....$1.6 million

Additions to justice center.....$13.4 million

Acquisition of Water Works property.....$2.5 million

Georgia State Patrol post.....$2 million

Sheriff's office administration building and renovations.....$3.5 million

Detention center addition.....$6 million

Driver's training course.....$3.5 million

New animal control facility.....$2.3 million

Fire vehicle and equipment replacement.....$2.8 million

Economic development.....$2 million

Sources: Columbia County officials and government documents

-- Donnie Fetter, Columbia County Bureau Chief