Legislative Notebook: Midstate gets its share of bond-funded projects

mlee@macon.comJanuary 15, 2014 

Gov. Nathan Deal proposes bond projects worth some $763 million for the fiscal year beginning in July.

Most of his draft budget speaks to statewide projects. But a few are Middle Georgia initiatives.

Historic Beeson Hall at Georgia College and State University needs renovating. The budget proposes a $1 million bond to do the design.

It’s a relatively modest task compared to the sums that other colleges want for building. Overall, though, colleges aren’t getting new construction.

“We have to give more attention to the buildings we have,” University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby said at a joint hearing of the state House and Senate appropriations committees Wednesday.

Deal also proposes another bond for $1 million for major repairs to the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Services Center in Warner Robins. Another one would pay for $750,000 in improvements to the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

For works and equipment at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, the budget proposes two bonds totaling nearly $3 million.

The Camp John Hope FFA-FCCLA Center in Fort Valley is recommended for $600,000 in bond-funded infrastructure improvements.

Subcommittee hearings that will bring out more budget details are scheduled to begin Thursday.

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