Early SPLOST vot­ing starts Mon­day

The Covington News - - LOCAL - DARRYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

Early vot­ing for New­ton County’s 2017 SPLOST starts Mon­day, Feb. 27.

SPLOST stands for Special Pur­pose Lo­cal Op­tion Sales Tax. It is a 1 per­cent tax placed on all sales and uses in New­ton County. The tax is im­posed on a six-year cy­cle.

The first New­ton County SPLOST was passed in 1986. The last SPLOST vote in New­ton County hap­pened in March 2011 and passed with XXXX num­ber of votes, or ___% of the vote.

Ac­cord­ing to the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers’ web­site, SPLOST funds are used for in­fra­struc­ture and debt ser­vices. SPLOST funds have been used to fund nu­mer­ous county and mu­nic­i­pal projects more than.

There are mul­ti­ple types of SPLOSTs.

An Ed­u­ca­tion or ESPLOST is used to fund school con­struc­tion, school equip­ment and debt re­duc- tion. The last E-SPLOST was passed March 19, 2013 by the New­ton County School Sys­tem in a joint ref­er­en­dum res­o­lu­tion with the So­cial Cir­cle City Schools. It ex­pired Dec. 31, 2014.

A Trans­porta­tion or TSPLOST is used for roads, mass tran­sit, air­ports and other trans­porta­tion of re- gional im­por­tance.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the New­ton County 2017 SPLOST, visit www. co. new­ton. ga. us/ de­part­ments/splost.

Early vot­ing will take place at the County Ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing through Fri­day, March 17. The elec­tion on March 21 is at reg­u­lar polling places.

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