Tuesday, March 17, 2015

North Georgia counties vote on sales taxes

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: SPLOST
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.
The 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.

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