Voters approve SPLOST by wide margin

Voters approve SPLOST by wide margin

The people have spoken. By a margin of 69.51 percent to 30.49, voters approved a six-year Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) in Tuesday’s special election. More than 8,400 votes, roughly a 10 percent voter turnout, cast their ballots, with 5,851 in favor of the SPLOST and 2,567 in opposition.

The SPLOST will let visitors from neighborhood counties who shop and fine in Fayette help foot the bill for needed improvements in transportation, stormwater infrastructure, public safety, and facilities. The SPLOST will generate an estimated $141,014,157 in tax revenue to be divvied up between the County and municipalities based on population. Fayette County would take the largest share at $64,646,530, followed by Peachtree City at $45,472,835, Fayetteville at $21,098,538, Tyrone at $9,102,463, and Brooks at $693,791.

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Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.