Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

November 7, 2013

The people passed SPLOST

VALDOSTA — Voters approved SPLOST VII by a pretty wide margin on Tuesday night, ensuring that the 1 percent sales tax will continue to be collected for another six years. The money will also ensure that the City of Valdosta has enough to cover the cost of rebuilding and relocating the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant, as ordered by the Environmental Protection Division.

Citizens, though, are not necessarily happy about having to continue the SPLOST tax and the process has been tainted in recent years with intergovernmental fighting over LOST, disagreements over service delivery, and a perceived lack of responsibility by officials for allowing the current infrastructure issues to develop and deteriorate over the years.

Citizens are realistic and understand this work must be done, but are also a bit worn out with government’s needs vs. their own. Time will tell if citizens are willing to approve another one in a few years.

One bright spot on Wednesday, the day after the election, was the sight of Valdosta Councilman Joseph “Sonny” Vickers downtown on a street corner with a sign thanking voters for approving SPLOST. Vickers is apparently the only official who did so.

Imagine how much better citizens feel who saw Vickers taking time to thank them for voting. Now imagine how much good will could have been created if other officials had taken the time to do the same. Perhaps some should mark this editorial for future reference. And perhaps someday they’ll understand how valuable the citizens of the community are and consider thanking them for voting yes and making the next few years much easier on them all.

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