SPLOST VI info meetings planned

ALBANY, Ga. -- Local leaders have set up a series of public meetings this month to provide information on the upcoming special local option sales tax referendum.

On Nov. 2, Dougherty County voters will decide whether to support a renewal of the one-percent sales tax or vote the measure down.

In an effort to inform voters as to what is on the project list of projects to be funded by the estimated $98 million that could be collected over the next six years, area elected officials have set up a series of informational meetings.

The first will take place tonight at Second Mount Zion Baptist Church at 1010 Old Pretoria Road. The program, which will start at 6 p.m., is being sponsored by Dougherty County Commissioners Gloria Gaines and John Hayes, and will feature comments from city and county staff.

On the following Monday, Oct. 18, there will be a joint city-county public meeting at the civic center at 7 p.m. This meeting will be hosted jointly by Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard and Albany Mayor Willie Adams.

In a notice of the meeting sent to The Herald Wednesday, officials state that citizen input will be solicited at the event for projects and prioritization of projects.

Finally, Albany City Commissioner Roger Marietta has announced that an informational meeting will be held on the campus of Darton College on Oct. 21. That meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m., is slated to take place in room J133.

If approved by the voters, SPLOST VI will begin April 1, 2011 and will replace the one-percent sales tax levied through SPLOST V, which will expire March 31.