Last week, two documents were delivered to The News-Banner regarding the 2018 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) projects (see documents above). The bottom document shows that three of nine SPLOST projects listed on the report were over budget. The amounts in parenthesis reflect the areas over budget. The first project listed over budget was the Ag Arena & MTFC, which was originally projected to cost $2,300,000.00, but went $1,134,164.48 over budget. The second project over budget was the Indoor Pool. It was projected to cost $2,000,000.00 but went over by $319,148.41. The final project listed over budget was the Recreation Fields, which are adjacent to the Ag Center, listed at an original cost of $700,000.00. However, the fields ran over by $52,518.98. The total overruns equaled $1,505,831.87.

The top document, which was presented to the public at the last Appling County Commissioners meeting, did not show any of the cost overruns.