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City charts course for spending
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The City of Dawsonville Monday began spending what will be nearly $10 million in taxpayer dollars over the next six years.

The city received its first Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax check for $86,000 this month, and its first priority is to use about $15,000 every month paying down $2 million in debt on its city hall building and property and on an 18-acre park the city bought two years ago.

Council member Angie Smith, acting as Mayor Pro Tem in James Grogans absence, made the suggestion of paying off the debt during Mondays city council work session.

We can use SPLOST to make those loan payments, Smith said.

Council member Jason Power made a motion in support, which was seconded by Mike Sosebee and passed unanimously.

Approximately $15,500 will be used each month $11,802 for city hall and $3,729 for the park property, according to City Attorney Dana Miles.

City officials also agreed their other top priorities for SPLOST money are revitalizing downtown, parks and sidewalks. Additionally, council members voted in favor of monthly SPLOST project updates and to appointing members to subcomittees during its October meeting.