Harris County voters elect to continue paying SPLOST - WRBL

Harris County voters elect to continue paying SPLOST

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HAMILTON, Ga. -

Harris County voters have elected to continue paying a one cent sales tax to help fund special projects 1277 to 397.

A low number of voters at the polls pushed through the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for another cycle. The tax was approved in 2008 to fund public improvements and was set to expire in January.

With just 9% of eligible voters casting ballots, Elections Supervisor Sherrail Jarrett says most of them did so before Election Day.

"We did have 388 early votes for the three weeks," says Jarrett, "and then I mailed out probably about 22 paper ballots, and we've gotten the majority of those back, but just these small elections nobody really shows up a lot."

News Three spoke with voters both for and against continuing the tax, but those who said "Yes" say the county needs their funding and support.

The tax will help fund projects like improvements to the library. It's already bought 10 new fire trucks for the county.

Jarrett says she was a little concerned by the low turnout of voters, but wasn't surprised, noting that many people in Harris County only vote in presidential races. "They feel like more the presidential year is the most important time," she says, "but half the county races are up the two years after that."

Voters in Hamilton, Pine Mountain and Waverly Hall also had some council members to vote for.

In Hamilton, Julie Brown and Alvin Howard won council seats.

In Waverly Hall, Jan Vardeman, Pat Lowman, Kenny Taft and Jack Moore all won council seats.

Pine Mountain voters elected Keith Pendergrass and Tammy Pierce to town council. They also voted Jim Trott in as Pine Mountain's new mayor.

Another item on the ballot in Pine Mountain was Sunday alcohol sales in package stores and restaurants, which passed by a landslide.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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