By Greg Gullberg
Aug 13, 1013
Valdosta, GA - The decision is unanimous. The Lowndes County Commission voted Tuesday to enter into a joint agreement with all five cities to get a penny tax on the November ballot called 'SPLOST' or Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
Each government entity has its own list of projects. Lowndes Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter tells us about theirs.
"There are no frills. There are no big projects," said Slaughter. "Roads, bridges, infrastructure, which would be your water and sewer. 88% of the revenue for the county is going to be going to those three departments."
Splost would generate $150 million over the next six years. $63 million would go to the county. $80 million goes to the City of Valdosta. The rest would be divided among the other four cities.
But Lowndes voters defeated SPLOST last year. Now those funds will run out in December.
Slaughter says it doesn't all come from local pockets, it comes from anyone who makes a purchase anywhere in the county.
"A large percentage for Lowndes County, a large percentage of that revenue is going to be coming from folks who live outside Lowndes County."