Voters approve SPLOST renewal

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- With all 28 precincts reporting, voters have again overwhelmingly supported renewal of a one-percent special sales tax.

The vote was overwhlemingly in favor of the tax. The "Yes" votes to renew the one-percent sales tax were at 17,265, or 68.9 percent, with the "No" votes at 7,792, or 31.1 percent.

With a wave of anti-spending, small government and lower tax fever spreading through the country throughout most of the election season, local elected officials feared that SPLOST would be a casualty in the national anti-tax move. Early returns suggest otherwise.

It means $98 million in sales tax money should be collected over the next six years for projects ranging from road and sewer replacement to the construction of a senior center and a controversial public pool in East Albany.

This week, Albany Mayor Willie Adams and Dougherty County Chairman Jeff Sinyard urged voters to support the measure, saying that it was an important tool for economic development and community development.

Opponents say that SPLOST is an excuse to spend and have criticized some of the projects as frivolous.