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Long County Chairman Clarifies Questions on SPLOST

On November 7th voters from Long County will decide whether or not to continue supporting SPLOST, which stands for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The tax amount is one cent on every dollar spent in the Long County, and was approved six years ago. According to Long County Commission Chairman, Mike Riddle over the last six years the SPLOST tax has raised over 3 million dollars that was spent on recreation, roads, and public safety in the county and in Ludowici. Riddle said that he and his fellow commissioners were getting questions about the current SPLOST referendum, and he felt it was important to clarify to the citizens exactly what they were voting on now.

“I lot of folks are under the impression that the SPLOST on the ballot right now, is a new one cent sales tax, but it is not, it is simply a continuation of the previous SPLOST that was approved six years ago”, said Riddle.

Riddle said that another area where people are confused is as to who can or can’t vote on the SPLOST choice.

“With there being a commissioner’s seat vacant, and folks in that district deciding on that matter, many people aren’t sure if they can vote on the SPLOST choice or not; I want everyone to know that every eligible voter in all of the districts can vote”, said Riddle.
Riddle said that early voting is currently going on now at the Long County Courthouse and that on November 7th the polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Riddle said that he also felt people needed to know exactly where the SPLOST money would be spent, should the voters decide to approve it again.

“If the SPLOST were to be continued, that money must go towards only three areas, recreation, roads, and public safety, that is the law, and no elected official can spend that money anywhere else”, said Riddle.

The chairman also said that having SPLOST continue is up to the citizens of Long County, and their decision alone.

“Let me make this perfectly clear, I or the other commissioners are not advocating in favor or opposition to the continuation of the one cent SPLOST, but if it is passed, it is a fair and equal tax, because everyone who buys something in the city or county pays that same one cent”, said Riddle.

Riddle said that recently the information on how much the tax was estimated to raise was sent to the local papers, so if anyone had any questions, hopefully they would be answered.

“I don’t want to speak on how much is estimated to go towards the city, because it’s not my place, and I wouldn’t want to put out wrong amounts, but in the county I know that around 1.7 million dollars is supposed to go towards roads, I think around $875,000 is to go to the recreation department, and around $440,000 was slated to go towards public safety, like firefighting and law enforcement”, said Riddle.

Riddle said that if anyone wanted to know the exact dollar figures, they could go by the courthouse and get that information.



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