An anti-TSPLOST sign is posted along a Georgia road.
ALBANY — Dougherty County voters gave the cold shoulder to the notion of another 1 percent sales tax.
Unofficial results showed special-purpose local-option sales tax for transportation (T-SPLOST) failing in the 14-county region’s most populous county.
With all Dougherty County precincts reporting and totals unofficial, the “no” votes on T-SPLOST were ahead 57.27 percent, or 9,858 votes, to the yes votes’ 42.8 percent, or 7,364 votes.
At 11:30 p.m. Tuesday with nine of the 14 Region 10 counties reporting, the initiative was failing by a vote of 37,013, or 56.6 percent, to 28,324.
A simple majority of the voters in the multi-county region in Southwest Georgia would have to pass T-SPLOST in order for it to be enacted.
According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website Tuesday night, Dougherty had joined Seminole, Lee, Baker, Colquitt, Worth, Thomas and Decatur in voting against the measure. Mitchell, Calhoun, Early and Terrell had voted in support of the measure, with Miller and Grady had yet to post any results.
Early results showed only three of the 12 regions across the state were poised to pass the measure.
Albany Area Chamber of Commerce President Chris Hardy called the region’s response to the measure a disappointment and predicted that the state would try something else since it appeared the results were so lopsided.
“If the numbers stay true to the way they’re going now, it’s obviously going to be a disappointment not only to Southwest Georgia. but to the state,” Hardy said. “We know the state said that there would be no plan B, but you have to think that someone is going to have to revisit the issue with results so lopsided.”