Tax dollars paving the way for improvement in Columbia County

News 12 at 11 O'clock / Monday, July 7, 2014

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) --Some call it a kick, in the right direction. Billy and Stephanie Cristofanelli are liking where the ball lands.

"It would be crucial, if we had an institution that would be closer that would be able to take care of us," said Billy Cristofanelli.

Especially for his two little girls, who both spend hours a day out on the soccer field, sweating and breathing hard.

"We love bringing them out here to play and enjoy the weather," he said.

But under the blazing sun, the race to score a goal could turn into a race against time to save a life.

"If there was an emergency, I think we would be concerned," said Cristofanelli

On the list of SPLOST projects, $30 million would go towards Columbia County's first ever hospital.

"I think healthcare is always a critical part in any type of community," he said.

A puzzle piece among many others, Chairman Ron Cross is trying to manuver into place..

"You have to have specific designation for the money, for the voter to look at," said Cross.

The list is long, more than $100 million spent over a five year period.

"The sheriffs got an item on there as well as the justice center," he said.

Both of those together total to more than $30 million. Even more storm-water system improvements, cashing out at around $1.5 million, and a new Cultural Arts Center and Museum which would cost taxpayers nine million bucks.

"This would be an auditorium for some 2,000 to 2,500 people," said Cross.

All of this a continuation of the original SPLOST approved back in 1990.

And almost 25 years later, Chrstofanelli says his little girls are benefiting from from every penny.

"It's part of our job to make sure we protect our children," said Cristofanelli. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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