Voters in Taylor Co. say penny tax relieves burden on property owners

Polls will be open Tuesday, March 21 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Taylor County Courthouse (pictured above) and the fire station / Eric Mock (WGXA)

BUTLER, Ga. -- On Tuesday, Taylor County residents will have the opportunity to vote for whether to continue the one percent sales tax used for county resources and the local school district.

This special election will revolve around the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and the Education SPLOST (ESPLOST).

The SPLOST continuation is expected to bring in $10 million for the county and the ESPLOST is expected to bring in $2 million for county schools.

The last time Taylor County residents voted on these two items was in 2011, when board of elections officials say only about 350 people cast ballots, which makes up less than 10 percent of the county's registered voters. This year, officials say they have only received 211 early voting ballots and expect to have a similar turnout this year.

Despite the low turnout, many voters in Taylor County say they are in favor of these penny taxes.

Carlos Jenkins said that the county needs many improvements and that continuing these taxes is a good way to do that. Additionally, he said that as a property owner, he is in favor of a tax that can bring money to the county without increasing the millage rate.

County Manager Linda Taunton said that if voters decide to continue the SPLOST, the funds would be used to improve roads, the sheriff's office and fire department and the water and sewage system, among other things.

Taylor County Schools Superintendent Jennifer Albritton said that if the ESPOST continuation passes, the money would be used to purchase textbooks, new school buses and increasing security in local schools.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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