Por­terdale mayor lauds new SPLOST

The Covington News - - LOCAL - JACKIE GUTKNECHT jgutknecht@ cov­news.com

Por­terdale Mayor Ar­line Chap­man is en­cour­aged the Special Pur­pose Lo­cal Op­tion Sales Tax (SPLOST) will pass in the elec­tion March 21.

Chap­man wanted to pro­vide clar­i­fi­ca­tion that the SPLOST tax would not be an ad­dit i on a l tax on New­ton County resid e nt s , but a con­tin­uat i on of a tax that has been in place for more than 30 years.

“I think some of the op­po­si­tion to it, in my opin­ion, is a pun­ish­ment for things in the past that con­tra­dicts things we want in the fu­ture,” she said. “I per­son­ally am some­what op­ti­mistic that it will pass.”

Chap­man said with­out the SPLOST, cit­i­zens will see the money come from other sources.

“I don’t know how we’ll han­dle things if it does not pass,” she said. “I think that every­body in the county is go­ing to feel a prop­erty tax go up – I mean, the money is go­ing to have to come from some­where.”

Chap­man said as a cit­i­zen of New­ton County she is al­lowed to en­cour­age peo­ple to vote for SPLOST, as long as she makes it clear that she is act­ing as a pri­vate cit­i­zen and not an elected of­fi­cial.


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