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Commissioners, historical society discuss land ownership, improvements of Clinton tan yard
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Apr 04, 2013 | 886 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County Board of Commissioners meet with members of the Old Clinton Historical Society last week to discuss sales tax funds and the tan yard.
Jones County Board of Commissioners meet with members of the Old Clinton Historical Society last week to discuss sales tax funds and the tan yard.
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The issue of using $250,000 of Jones County’s one-cent sales tax funds to improve a one-acre historic site in Old Clinton was the topic of a meeting last week that will no doubt be the first of many.

Old Clinton Historical Society President Earline Hamilton and OCHS board member Deloras Moon met with Jones County commissioners March 29. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss possible scenarios that would be acceptable to the community and the historical society.

At the request of Hamilton, commissioners agreed to include preservation of a historic tan yard discovered in Clinton in their 2009 SPLOST referendum, which was approved by voters in a special election Sept. 16, 2008.

The sales tax was a renewal of a one-cent tax already in place. The 2004 SPLOST ended June 30, 2009, and the new tax then took effect. Other uses for the 2009 SPLOST include water and sewer expansion and improvements, expansion of recreation facilities, road paving and equipment purchases, new cars and equipment for the sheriff’s department, rehab of government buildings, preparation of the county’s industrial park, golf course improvements, EMA equipment, and construction of additional fire departments.

It is estimated that the use of the SPLOST funds has saved taxpayers 2.48 mills on their ad valorem taxes.

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