Bal­lot ques­tions, ref­er­en­dums all pass,

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - From staff re­ports

One area that Ge­or­gia vot­ers seemed to agree on was the wor­thi­ness of a “yes” vote on the five con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments and the two statewide ref­er­en­dums.

Here is a look at how Floyd County votes com­pared to statewide votes: ment Con­sti­tu­tional Out­door 1: Cre­ates Stew­ard­ship the Amend- Ge­or­gia Trust qual­ity, Fund wildlife to pro­tect habi­tat, water and parks. with 80.6 Floyd per­cent County of its said votes, yes while with 82.64 Ge­or­gia per­cent over­all vot­ing agreed yes. Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment 2: Cre­ates a statewide busi­ness court to lower costs, en­hance ef­fi­ciency, and pro­mote pre­dictable ju­di­cial out­comes. Floyd County vot­ers gave a yea vote with 65.65 per­cent, while Ge­or­gia vot­ers com­plied with 68.85 per­cent pass­ing the amend­ment. Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment 3: To change tax­a­tion of for­est land ded­i­cated to con­ser­va­tion use. En­cour­ages the con­ser­va­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity, and longevity of Ge­or­gia’s work­ing forests through tax sub-clas­si­fi­ca­tion and grants. Here fewer “yes” votes in Floyd county were brought to bear, with 59.94 per­cent of the vote, while 62.05 per­cent of Ge­or­gia vot­ers statewide said yes. Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment 4: To es­tab­lish rights of crime vic­tims. Pro­vides rights for vic­tims of crime in the ju­di­cial process. Floyd County vot­ers pro­vided strong sup­port to this amend­ment known as Marsy’s Law with 80.70 per­cent of vot­ers agree­ing, while Ge­or­gia over­all had 80.74 of its vot­ers giv­ing it the nod. Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment 5: When a school may call for a ref­er­en­dum to change sales and use tax rates for pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion. Au­tho­rizes fair al­lo­ca­tion of sales tax pro­ceeds to county and city school dis­tricts. Floyd County vot­ers gave their sup­port to this amend­ment with 69.13 per­cent giv­ing it the nod. Ge­or­gians statewide agreed with 71.1 per­cent say­ing yes. Statewide Ref­er­en­dum A: Home­stead ex­emp­tion for res­i­dents in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties lo­cated in more than one county. This was the clos­est vote on both the amend­ment and the ref­er­en­dum votes, with only 54.57 per­cent of Floyd County vot­ers say­ing yes. Statewide, “yea” vote ac­counted for 57.12 per­cent. Ref­er­en­dum B: Pro­vides a tax ex­emp­tion for cer­tain homes for the men­tally dis­abled. Floyd Coun­tians were in fa­vor of pass­ing this ref­er­en­dum with 75.52 per­cent of vot­ers say­ing yes. Ge­or­gia statewide also said yes with 76.83 per­cent of the votes cast.

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