Cook County SPLOST on the Ballot

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

It's election season and while most voters are eyeing the candidates up for election, residents in Cook County have another big decision to vote on-- whether or not to continue its special-purpose local-option sales tax ... also known as SPLOST.

That tax helps to improve infrastructure and equipment that are usually not covered in the county's budget.

It's something Cook County Manager Bill Twomey said the county needs.

"Small County with about nine million budget is almost no way to fund larger projects, whether those are road projects, recreation projects those type of things out of general fund, general tax collections," said Twomey.

The revenue from SPLOST gives the county an extra 10-point-eight million dollars to work with over a six year span ... but Twomey said not all of that is coming out of resident's pockets.

The Department of Revenue estimates that somewhere near 40-percent of the collections of SPLOST comes from transactions done on the interstate. So, one of the great impacts for local taxpayers is someone from the outside is actually funding a considerable portion of that revenue," said Twomey.

But the Adel-Cook Chamber of Commerce President Jerry Connell adds it shouldn't be a tough decision because it's been used the for past 15 years.

"The SPLOST is going to be the easiest tax they'll ever have to pay. The reason being is it's not a new tax, it's a continuation of an old tax that's been in effect for some time and we're simply renewing that one-percent that we've been paying for years," said Connell.

Connell said the tax helps keep up recreational facilities and without the money, their taxes would go up in other places.

"If these funds aren't available through this one-percent SPLOST initiative then these funds are going to have to come from somewhere else ... the question is where would that be? Well probably property taxes," said Connell.

The two say the tax goes a long way to help the county.

They just hope voters see it the same way.

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