Today was election day in Dawson, Hall, and Whitfield County. Voters there considered local option sales tax proposals. 11 Alive has a summary of the ballot measures:
Dawson County: ELOST
The 1% local option sales tax would raise $36.5 million for the Dawson County School District. They'd use the money to renovate old schools, buy buses, and build a performing arts center for Dawson County High School.
Hall County: SPLOST
The 1% SPLOST would last 5 years and raise $158 million to cover a long list of county projects including acquiring ambulances, upgrading the 911 system, renovating the library, expanding the landfill, and buying public safety vehicles.
Whitfield County: SPLOSTThe City of Atlanta also had a bond referendum today, but it would not affect Atlanta's sales tax rate at this time. Only 5 percent of Atlanta's precincts have reported results at the time of this posting.
The 1% SPLOST would last four years and raise $63.6 million. The money would purchase fire-fighting turnout gear, breathing equipment, fire trucks, and patrol vehicles. It also includes money for building out the library, storm water system, and Tunnel Hill Depot restoration.