Rockdale HOST funds proposed to purchase new radios for Sheriff’s Office

February 8, 20191min700
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The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners will decide on Feb. 12 if the county should spend funds from the Homestead Option Sales Tax(HOST) to purchase new radios for the Rockdale Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office has asked the board to spend $1.3 million to for 107 new dash mount radios and 231 portable radios.

The funding was generated from the one-cent HOST approved by voters in 2002. The HOST provides a combination of property tax relief for homeowners (using at least 80 percent of receipts) and funding for capital projects (up to 20 percent).

“This investment of the HOST funding will aid in enhancing Rockdale’s public safety throughout the county by providing our deputies with the tools they need to safely and efficiently perform their jobs,” said Rockdale County Chairman Oz Nesbitt, Sr. “With a unanimous approval of the board at our upcoming voting session, our Sheriff’s office will have more than 300 radios in action to address any call.”

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