Penny Tax

More than 80 percent of voters in Brooks County, Georgia decided to keep a one-cent, special purpose local option sales tax.

On Tuesday, voters from Brooks County, Georgia decided to keep one of their SPLOST, or Special Local Option Sales Taxes, around for another five years.

This SPLOST money will go towards replacing the county jail and making more improvements to the county courthouse.

"We're grateful for the people who took the time and went to the polls and supported that, and we're looking forward to being able to use that money for those purposes,” says Wayne Carroll, chairman of the Brooks County Commission.

County leaders say after paying for projects at the jail and courthouse they want to turn their attention to either improving or paving some of the county's dirt roads, a move taxpayers like.

"I think the future is going to be good for Brooks County. I know the things we need and we know the SPLOST fund is one of those ways to help us," says SPLOST supporter, Frank Thomas.

County leaders say by keeping one of the penny sales taxes in place, things like property taxes can be kept low, which could help attract new businesses and people to the county.

"We hope by being able to maintain a low tax, we can draw and entice some industry."

A possibility that could really help improve the economic climate of Brooks County.

A similar SPLOST for education was passed in Brooks County just a few months ago, and leaders say that should also help keep property taxes low.