Question: Can you explain your process for determining the current cost estimates for your project lists? Have you already secured bids or quotes? In the past, actual costs for SPLOST projects have far exceeded the initial estimates (e.g., Veterans Memorial Park, new county Animal Services building).
Answer:Gude Management Group is the project management firm hired by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners as a consultant in the SPLOST preparation process. Gude is also the agency of record for the ESPLOST with the Glynn County Board of Education. The BOE has worked with Gude on its ESPLOST initiatives for the last few referendums. The Board of Commissioners saw the experience and success Gude has had in Glynn County as an asset to help plan for the proposed SPLOST referendum.
Part of the scope of work our consultants, GUDE, were charged with was determining each project cost estimate. Considering the current status of supply chain issues and cost increases/decreases with labor and materials, an inflation escalator was built into each project estimate. Project management was evaluated when scoping the estimates for a complete budget figure to present to the public.