Governor Nathan Deal unveiled his last statewide budget on Thursday with over $1billion borrowing package for new college buildings, K-12 schools, and roads. The Governor’s eight-year term ends January 2019.
In the $1 billion package, is a line item for $17,795,000 for the construction of the Camden Campus of Coastal Pines Technical College in Kingsland (page. 294 of FY2019 Budget).
Additionally, the County and all three cities committed funds to the building of the road for the proposed Coastal Pines Technical College Camden Campus. The funding for the construction of the technical college is based on a local commitment to infrastructure such as roads for the funding to be placed in Governor Deal’s FY 2019 budget.
The County and the three cities had to commit funding for road construction before the TCSG commissioner would propose the construction funding for the Camden Campus. The County committed $246,224.30, Kingsland has committed $244,892.83, and Woodbine is expected to invest $21,684.98. The financial commitments for each municipality are based on population. The college is expected to be built behind an area off Maycreek Dr. near the LaQuinta Inn.
In previous budget years, Camden’s Atlanta delegation secured $2 million in renovation and design dollars due to the workforce importance in the area. The securing of the funding has taken almost eight years to obtain.
Local reaction –
Over the interim since last session, our local delegation met with Governor Deal and stressed the importance of this project. Governor Deal was very receptive and the TCSG made the recommendation that our project be a top priority project for the Governor to consider. Upon that recommendation, Governor Deal agreed to place Camden’s technical college in his budget recommendation. Our local delegation has worked really hard to get to this point. We will shepherd this appropriation through the budget process to ensure final passage. This is a very encouraging development. – Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine).
The proposed FY 2019 budget must go through the legislative appropriations process where legislation is written and voted on by both chambers with possible changes to the Governor’s budget recommendation; this occurs around February. In March, the bill is sent to the Governor for review, potential line item changes, and passage.