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Habersham places 1-cent SPLOST on Nov. 4 ballot

By Rob Moore Editor
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CLARKESVILLE - Habersham County residents will have the opportunity in November to vote to reinstitute a 1-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

The proposed SPLOST would take the county's taxation back from 6 cents on each dollar to 7 cents, as it had been for a number of years.

Monday night, the county commission voted unanimously to approve the call for election.

The ballots to be used in connection with the continuation of the sales and use tax will read as follows:

Shall a special 1-percent sales and use tax be imposed in the special district of Habersham County for a period of time of six years for the raising of approximately $37,500,000 for the purpose of funding (i) roads, streets and bridges projects; a hospital project; a public construction project (landfill); public safety projects and economic development capital outlay projects for Habersham County; (ii) public safety projects; water and sewer projects; recreation projects; public construction project (city hall) and roads, streets and bridges for Alto; (iii) roads, streets and bridges projects; public safety projects and economic development capital outlay projects for Baldwin; (iv) water and sewer projects; economic development capital outlay projects; public safety projects and recreation projects for Clarkesville; (v) roads, streets and bridges projects; public construction projects (city administration buildings); water and sewer projects and public safety projects for Cornelia; (vi) water and sewer projects; public safety projects and roads, streets and bridges projects for Demorest; (vii) roads, streets and bridges projects; water and sewer projects; public safety projects; public safety projects; public construction project (city hall); economic development capital outlay projects and recreation projects for Mount Airy; and (viii) public safety projects; water and sewer projects; roads, streets and bridges projects; public construction project (city hall) and recreation projects for Tallulah Falls?

Currently, Habersham County is one of only a half-dozen of Georgia's 159 counties that don't have a 1-cent sales tax that helps finance county government.

Of the current 6 cents charged on each dollar, 4 cents go to the state and 2 cents go to the county board of education, with the county receiving nothing.
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