Bibb County voters struck down a controversial special purpose local option sales tax measure in Tuesday's primary election.
In unofficial results with all precincts reporting, 11,617 voted no on the measure and 7,795 voted yes.
City officials largely opposed the SPLOST, while Bibb County leaders pushed for its passage. The SPLOST would raise about $183 million in sales tax money over six years.
The SPLOST was intended to fund several projects, beginning with a courthouse complex as a top-tier project. Other items included recreational facilities, a new emergency radio system and a stormwater runoff system.
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The city and county have been at odds over the SPLOST for months. When the two governments failed to reach a service delivery agreement, the city declined to support the SPLOST. The City Council voted 13-2 in a resolution that supported Mayor Robert Reichert’s wish of delaying the SPLOST vote until November, once the service delivery strategy had been worked out.
If the measure is struck down, the county will be unable to put another SPLOST up for vote until the primary election next year.
Telegraph reporter Mike Stucka contributed to this report.