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Early voting Saturday for BOE, SPLOST renewal
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
May 08, 2014 | 1917 views | 2 2 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Saturday voting, for registered voters in Jones County who want to take advantage of early voting for the May 20 election, will take place May 10 in the elections office at the Jones County Government Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Early voting in Georgia started Monday, April 28, and will continue through Friday, May 16, also in the elections office at the Government Center. Voting hours Monday through Friday are during the election office’s normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Elections superintendent Marion Hatton said so far in Jones County 156 people have taken advantage of early voting for the May 20 primary election.

One of the most important questions on the May 20 ballot for taxpayers in Jones County is the renewal of the county’s Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax.

The one-cent sales tax has been in place since 1999 and has paid for equipment for the fire department and volunteer firefighters, patrol cars for the sheriff and police departments, construction of fire stations, road equipment and projects, land purchase and construction at the recreation centers, debt payment for the industrial park, repair and improvements at the government center and Jones County Courthouse, and many other projects that would have otherwise been paid for out of the general fund.

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Bill Parton
May 09, 2014
If a person buys a new car anywhere in the U.S. the still owe the 1% SPLOST to Jones County. If a car cost $32,000, their tax is $320. If a body makes $32,000 dollars a year and spends all of it in Jones County, they will pay $320 in SPLOST taxes to Jones County. But, right now we have 3% SPLOST in Jones county. That makes a new car cost an extra $960 dollars and Their income is cut by $960 a year. A new $250,000 homes costs an extra $7500. Financed over 30 years, that an extra $22,500. Personally, I think it would be cheaper for property owners to pay extra. Surly property taxes wouldn't go up that much a year.