Macon-Bibb SPLOST dollars hard at work

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Your SPLOST dollars have been hard at work in Macon-Bibb.

"They’re trying to fix this park up," said Macon-Bibb resident Ricky Smith. "They’re trying to keep this place clean and everything so…It’s good for me, yeah."

And they’re fixing it up with a little help from the SPLOST.

The Macon-Bibb SPLOST advisory board was all ears Wednesday night as they received an update on where the SPLOST dollars are going.

"SPLOST dollars allow us to do those things that we cannot support out of the general fund, not without raising property taxes," said SPLOST Coordinator Clay Murphey.

Central City Park benefited with $6 million dollars.

"It looks fantastic," said Murphey.

Money that’s already been spent rebuilding the bandstand.

"It’s 165 years old I think and so there’s a lot of rotted wood and honey bees and bats that we had to deal with," said Murphey.

And rebuilding the Round Building.

"Where we’re opening up the old windows, putting in new windows, restoring the doors, replacing old doors, totally redoing the interior and exterior and it will be gorgeous when it’s done," said Murphey.

The Frank J. Johnson Recreation Center has also received upgrades.

"I am happy to see the improvement that’s going on here at the Frank Johnson Center because our kids need to know that we love them," said Macon-Bibb resident Sandra Smith.

"We’ve put air conditioning in the facilities that didn’t have air conditioning, new floors in the gymnasiums, new bleachers, new paint, new roofs," said Murphey.

Tax dollars that are hard at work.

"So when we’re done, the existing facilities–which in some cases are 35 years old or older, will be like brand new," said Murphey.

City leaders said there are more changes coming to Macon-Bibb thanks to the penny tax.

SPLOST dollars will also be used to build new fire stations and a possible pedestrian bridge on the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail.