Organizers Kick Off Campaign to Rally for a Local Penny Tax

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

Valdosta, GA - September 26, 2012

There is a campaign in Lowndes County to rally for the tax called SPLOST, or the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. It could bring in as much as $35 million, but that is only if voters say it's worth the extra pennies.

"When you talk about economic development you are not going to be very successful at it without the development of infrastructure. And this tax gives us the opportunity to provide this infrastructure," said Jerome Tucker, Campaign Organizer.

Jerome Tucker is an organizer for the "SPLOST Seven Public Awareness Committee". SPLOST is not a new tax. In fact, this will be the seventh one if it passes in November's General Election.

The funds provide $16 million dollars for the City of Valdosta and $18 million for unincorporated areas of Lowndes County. Some major projects including adding two new roundabouts to the Five Points Project Area in Valdosta. An area where current intersections are ranked an "F" by G-DOT.

But not everyone is convinced voters are getting what they think.

"The biggest concern that I have is how did the project list get made," said Gretchen Quarterman, Valdosta community activist. "There really wasn't a lot of citizen input. And I'm very interested in transparent and accessible government. And there are some projects that I think should be on the list that are not."

"We have a tremendous draw from the surrounding areas that help fund these projects in our community and it is absolutely worth every penny," said Tucker.

The "SPLOST Seven Public Awareness Committee" will be hosting a public event Friday to promote the various projects planned in the city and county. It will be at the South Georgia Medical Center Parking Garage at 10 am.
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Valdosta, GA - September 26, 2012

Organizers are kicking-off a campaign to rally for a local penny tax.

If it passes, it will provide millions for construction projects and improving roads and drainage.

The program is called "SPLOST," or the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

There's a campaign in Lowndes County to rally for the tax which could bring in as much as $35 million dollars, but that's only if voters say it's worth the extra pennies.

Jerome Tucker / Campaign Organizer: "when you talk about economic development you are not going to be very successful at it without the development of infrastructure. And this tax gives us the opportunity to provide this infrastructure."

SPLOST is not a new tax, in fact, this will be the Seventh one if it passes in November's General Election.

The funds provide $16 million dollars for the City of Valdosta and $18 million for unincorporated areas of Lowndes County.

Some major projects include adding two new round-abouts to the Five Points Project Area in Valdosta, an area where current intersections are ranked an "F" by G-DOT.

But not everyone is convinced voters are getting what they think.

The SPLOST Seven Public Awareness Committee will be hosting a public event Friday, September 28, 2012 to promote the various projects planned in the city and county. It will be at the South Georgia Medical Center Parking Garage at 10 am.


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