Jones County voters approved an extra penny of sales tax on the dollar Tuesday that will help the county raise an estimated $12 million to pay for services and upgrades for the next half decade or so.
A county commissioner recently called the measure’s passage “a necessity.”
The so-called SPLOST will fund building upgrades, law enforcement vehicles, an animal control facility, the county library, public works and recreational improvements.
There were 730 more “yes” votes than “no” votes as the sales-tax initiative passed 1,935-1,205.
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Commission Chairman Preston Hawkins said late Tuesday, “I’m proud it passed. It’s gonna do a lot for the county and the taxpayers.”
Sales-tax collections have been down in many locales in recent years because of the economic slowdown.
Part of the special purpose sales tax proceeds will help fund a local industrial park.
“It’s great news,” Hawkins said of the SPLOST’s approval.
“It’s something we have to have. It’s for water, recreation, fire and rescue. We’ll be able to get a pumper truck out of it. It’s just great news for the county.”
Contact writer Joe Kovac Jr. at 744-4397.