VALDOSTA — Lowndes County’s leaders will support a regional sales tax that residents will vote on in May 2018.

The Lowndes County Commission voted 3-2 — with Scott Orenstein and Clay Griner opposing — in favor of a regional T-SPLOST that, if approved by voters, would fund transportation projects throughout 18 counties.

The one-penny tax would bump local sales taxes up to eight cents on the dollar.

The proposed tax already had enough support from other county governments to warrant a public vote even before commissioners addressed the issue.

A regional round table of government leaders will meet May 25 in Pearson to begin discussing what types of projects the tax would fund, such as road and bridge repairs, safety improvements, sidewalk construction, traffic signal upgrades or possibly even projects related to trains and air travel.

Each county and city will have to negotiate with the other members of the round table to get its projects on the final list.

The public will vote on the tax May 22, 2018. If approved, the tax would go into effect October 2018 and last for 10 years.

Even if voters shoot down the regional T-SPLOST, counties will have the option to call another vote for an individual T-SPLOST.

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