County Holding Off on Purchases Made Through SPLOST

September 11, 2013

All stop on purchases via Special Local Option Sales Tax for the county; that is word out of Monday’s regular meeting of the Elbert County Board of Commissioners.

During the meeting, discussion took place on whether or not the county should move forward with the purchase of a ¾ ton pickup truck for the road department.

Commissioner Chris Alexander asked if the county had the SPLOST funds available to pay for the truck, which County Chief Financial Officer Phil Pitts said wasn’t the case, and explained why.

“There has been a lot of rain and a lot of need to put gravel out on the county’s dirt roads, which is causing us to use more diesel fuel”, explained Pitts. “We’re running out of money at the end of the month, and this month it has caught up to use early.”

Pitts told the commissioners that this is not something that should be taken lightly, as even the projected revenues from SPLOST and LOST are coming in below budgeted amounts.

“Not just because of our commitments paying back equipment, but also our Local Option Sales Tax, that number is something we use for operating costs”, said Pitts. “If we look at the revenue side, its down. We dropped the budget expecting that, but its even below our budgeted amounts.”

The motion to approve the purchase of the pickup truck was tabled until next month, as Commission Chair Tommy Lyon said the county needed to tighten its belt once more, at least for the next thirty days.