2016 SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax)
On November 4, 2014 the citizens of Cobb County approved a 6-year Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for projects throughout Cobb County. The SPLOST began on January 1, 2016 and will run until December 31, 2021. As part of the SPLOST the City of Acworth is projected to receive approximately $30,644,429 over the 6 years of the SPLOST, funds are received monthly based on sales tax revenue.
In February 2016 the city purchased a new Video Camera System which has been installed in all the city's police vehicles. The new system provides better video and audio recordings of police activity. In addition, the system integrates body cameras.
800MHz RADIOS - $380,399
Throughout the 6 years of the SPLOST program the city will purchase new police vehicles. The approximate cost for a fully outfitted vehicle with all equipment is $47,000.
In February 2016 the police department purchased 13 vehicles to be added to the city's fleet in order for the city to implement a vehicle take home program for the officers in the department.
The City of Acworth and the City of Kennesaw have a joint 911 center housed at the City of Kennesaw. The Acworth Police Department converted its software to the same software as is used by the Kennesaw Police Department and the joint 911 center. Implementation of the conversion began in the fall of 2016 and is completed.
LOGAN FARM PARK IMPROVEMENTS - $3,568,147
Logan Farm Park is an approximately 120-acre park located in the center of the city. The park has a lighted 1/3 mile walking trial around a multipurpose recreation field with the trail also extending to Cowan Road and Cherokee Street, playground, public restrooms, Amos Durr Community Ball Field, Roberts School Community Center and the Rosenwald School.
As part of the SPLOST park improvements the city has developed another 15 acres of parkland along Cherokee and Taylor streets to expand the park. Included in the improvements are open greenspace encircled by a walking trail which connects to the existing walking trail in the park. A large destination playground, group shelter and restroom facilities. Construction was completed in December of 2016.
The Historic Farm House located in the park next to the Parks and Recreation Offices has been renovated and restored to become a special events facility. The Farm House renovation was completed in August of 2017.
RECREATION CENTER - $12,164,685
The Acworth Community Center was completed in April of 2019. The facility features three major components: The Activity Center, the Recreation Division Offices and Customer Experience Area, and the Tanyard Creek Overlook Special Event Center. The Activity Center has a large gymnasium that is striped for two full court basketball courts, six pickleball courts, and two volleyball courts. There is also a raised mezzanine walking track, community classroom, and group exercise room. The Tanyard Creek Overlook Event Center is a facility that can accommodate 325 people banquet style, more than 500 seminar style and can be subdivided into four smaller spaces. The facility houses the Recreation Division of the Parks, Recreation, and Community Resource Department where the public can engage with the Customer Experience Team and rent facilities, sign up for programs, or receive general information on programs, events, and facilities.
NEWBERRY PARK IMPROVEMENTS - $104,846
The project converted a dilapidated gravel parking lot to a new, paved parking lot creating 50 defined parking spots was completed in the Fall of 2017. Improvements included new curb and gutter, storm drain improvements, and landscaping.
Lemon Street on the north side of the railroad tracks used to be a one way road. The road used to be off set as it came over the railroad tracks making for an offset intersection with Southside Drive. The city used $1,000,000 in addition to other city funds to make Lemon Street a 2-way street where it intersects with Cherokee Street and School Street at a new traffic circle. In addition, the street was extended to Taylor Street giving pedestrians and vehicles direct access to the newly expanded Logan Farm Park.
Completion of Lemon Street extension was done summer of 2019.
Currently the 1/3 of a mile from Northside Drive to McClain is very narrow due to the encroachment of the railroad tracks and the topography of the land. The offset intersection of School Street and the Railroad crossing is also very awkward. This road project will make street improvements and drainage improvements to this section of the road as well at the School Street intersection. It is anticipated that design will begin in late 2020 with construction in the summer of 2021.
Cobb County purchased land in the city at the intersection of Old Highway 41 and Blue Springs Road. The county consolidated the small libraries in Acworth and Kennesaw into a new state of the art regional library. The library is now open.
The North Cobb Senior Center located in Kenworth Park was expanded to offer additional services for the seniors in the north Cobb area. The project has been completed.
HUBERT SOCCER COMPLEX - $2,600,000
All four rectangle fields have been converted to synthetic turf to allow for better playing conditions. The project was completed in Spring of 2018.
A roundabout will be constructed to replace the existing 4-legged all-way stop intersection to improve traffic flow.