Haralson County votes yes on 5-year SPLOST term – Times-Georgian: Local News

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Jul

Haralson County votes yes on 5-year SPLOST term – Times-Georgian: Local News

Haralson County commissioners on Tuesday committed to a five-year Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum, placing the board in opposition to the county’s municipalities, which had requested a six-year term for the tax that is now set for voter approval in November.

The county’s SPLOST plan calls for 20 percent of the revenues collected to be set aside to address unspecified “jail concerns,” leaving the balance of the funds to be allocated for public projects in the county, Bremen, Buchanan, Tallapoosa and Waco. In previous meetings, the cities had opposed that plan, requesting instead an intergovernmental agreement by which all the revenues for a six-year-term SPLOST be distributed to the entities based on population percentages.

The county’s vote puts the commission on a collision course with the city governments, who, Chairman Allen Poole said, have declared they will not support a referendum with the withholding – even though such a move would seem to imperil a sales tax on which every county government is dependant.

The commissioners declared that they were following the recommendations of the county attorney and other officials, but at least one member of the board cited the “rhetoric” used by one of the cities as an additional reason for his vote.

“I don’t like to be threatened, if you would use that word, by any city or any outside governing entity as to which way this board should make its decision,” said District 4 Commissioner Sammy Robinson. “I understand – somebody can correct me if I’m wrong – that if we go with (a five-year SPLOST), there is a city here, Bremen is it I believe, will not sign an intergovernmental agreement with us, but if we go with (a six-year), they will.

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