Supporters of the new location have stated the area could address court overcrowding and the county’s lack of space to conduct operations.
City council races are up for grabs in all four cities, while Locust Grove is set to also have a mayoral election this year. In McDonough, the county seat of Henry County, three seats on the city council will be contested.
The McDonough City Council unanimously approved the measure, which was part of a lengthy list of “consent agenda” items. The measure was the source of no discussion at the Monday meeting.
The city of McDonough has elected to sign an intergovernmental agreement that would distribute 25 percent of the SPLOST V revenue to Henry County’s four cities.
A new community center, included in the project list, has an estimated $1.5 million price tag, while work on unnamed cultural, recreational or historical facilities would cost an estimated $800,000.
The precinct building itself will cost $541,935. That price includes all equipment, labor and materials to build a complete structure, as well as all utilities and improvements associated with the construction.
The 82,500 square foot multi-level, state-of-the-art facility houses various medical, computer, and industrial training programs designed to meet the immediate needs of the area, according to officials.
The current millage rate, as adopted last year, is 4.083. If rolled back, it would mark the fourth consecutive year that the city has rolled back its millage rate after hitting a high of 4.922 in 2015.
According to a release from the city of McDonough, the program has developed due to the interest and involvement of local business owners, residents and community members. The program will focus on litter prevention, beautification and redevelopment.