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November 6, 2013

SPLOST VII approved by voters

VALDOSTA — SPLOST VII passed in a resounding victory on Tuesday night with 69.48 percent voting yes and 30.52 percent voting no.

Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter thanked the committee for all of their hard work in educating the public about how the special purpose local option sales tax will benefit the community.

About the SPLOST referendum itself, Slaughter said, “As we've said all along, passing SPLOST, we'll be able to continue to move the county forward just as we have been doing... Everyone else had their needs too — Valdosta, Lake Park, Remerton, Dasher, and Hahira — as well as the unincorporated areas, and with this we are all able to move forward.”

Slaughter also said that representatives from Lowndes County will get together soon to prioritize the items on the basic needs list, but the main items for the county are the failing bridges and the public safety items.

Suzan Prince, SPLOST VII chairman, said that she was thrilled to know that the community came together to make an informed decision on the most economical way to fund the projects that are considered basic needs projects.

Nolan Cox from the Valdosta Tea Party, an outspoken opponent of SPLOST, said the passage of SPLOST VII was a bittersweet victory because he knew the relocation of the WWTP was needed, but Cox said that the rest of the items on the list were items that were wanted, and not needed.

The vote means that the one percent sales tax will continue to be collected for another six years, beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

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