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SPLOST continuation to be placed on May primary ballot
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jan 23, 2014 | 973 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County Water Superintendent Freddie Wiggins brought the biggest request for SPLOST funds to the commissioners to loop water lines around the county.
Jones County Water Superintendent Freddie Wiggins brought the biggest request for SPLOST funds to the commissioners to loop water lines around the county.
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The Jones County Board of Commissioners heard the wish lists of department heads for the next Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds in two separate sessions last week.

Work sessions to listen to those requests were held Jan. 14 and 16. At the end of the second session, the requests totaled more than $23 million. Now it will be up to the commissioners to whittle the requests down to the estimated $9 million that would be the county’s share of one-cent sales tax funds.

The projects that make that cut will be listed on the May 20 ballot to be considered by the voters. A vote for the SPLOST would be a continuation of the current penny sales tax on purchases in Jones County. It is not a new tax.

The Jan. 14 session included presentations from Animal Control, Parks and Recreation, and Emergency Management. Animal Control Director Jennifer Giddens requested $800,000 for a new building, and she had a large contingent at the meeting in support of her request.

Recreation Director Matt Goins requested $5.4 million to complete the Highway 18 East recreation complex, and EMA Director and Jones County Fire Chief Don Graham requested $2.1 million for needed firefighting equipment.

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