T-SPLOST gets approved in half of central Georgia's districts
Voters across six districts in central Georgia were asked to consider a T-SPLOST on Tuesday. Standing for "Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax', the T-SPLOST was a 1-percent sales tax to fund road projects. Half of the six districts voted in favor of adding the extra sales tax to improve their region's infrastructure.
The Middle Georgia district, however, voted to turn down the T-SPLOST by a 44% 'yes' vote and a 56% 'no' vote. The area covered by the Middle Georgia district includes Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties.
It appears that Houston county is where the T-SPLOST lost momentum. Bibb and Baldwin county voters voted in favor of the offer on the table.
Former Houston County Commission chairman and head of Citizens Against T-SPLOST Ned Sanders told our media partner, the Telegraph, “I’m encouraged by the display of the voters, recognizing what’s good for Houston County in the long run."
On the other side of the spectrum, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and Bibb County Commission Sam Hart both expressed disappointment in the 'No' vote.
“I’m disappointed, because I thought it was a great opportunity for the Middle Georgia region, and I don’t know what we’re going to do to finance the transportation improvements that we all need to make our region grow and prosper,” Reichert said.
If the T-SPLOST had been approved, the measure would have increased sales taxes in much of Middle Georgia from 7 percent to 8 percent, starting Jan. 1, 2013.
It will be two years before a T-SPLOST can be back on the ballot.
The Heart of Georgia Altamaha district approved their T-SPLOST option, including Bleckley, Dodge, Laurens, Johnson, Telfair, Treutlen and Wilcox counties.
The River Valley District also approved a T-SPLOST, which includes Crisp, Dooly, Macon and Taylor counties.
Hancock and Washington counties are a part of the Central Savannah River Area district and will see improvements thanks to an approved T-SPLOST.
Jasper county is a part of the Northeast Georgia district, which voted 'No' to a T-SPLOST. The Three Rivers District, which includes Lamar and Upson counties, also voted 'No' for their T-SPLOST option.