SPLOST AMONG ITEMS TO APPEAR ON NOVEMBER 5TH BALLOT

Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Election Day is one week from today.  Polls will open across Floyd County at 7 am and remain open until 7 pm next Tuesday, November 5th.

One of the items that will appear on the ballot is the 2013 SPLOST.  If approved, the one-cent special purpose, local option sales tax would take effect in April 2014.  It would collect an estimated $65 million over five years.

Proposed SPLOST projects include a new Floyd County Animal Shelter facility, the proposed Tennis Center of Georgia at Berry College, a runway extension at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport, a water line extension in the Everett Springs community, plus various facility and equipment upgrades and road improvement projects.

Many voters are still undecided about whether or not they will cast their ballots in favor of the 2013 SPLOST.  Some feel that projects such as a new Floyd County Animal Shelter are very necessary, while they are less inclined to support the proposed Tennis Center.  SPLOST supporter Wright Bagby with Citizens for Progress believes that the Tennis Center, like the new animal shelter, would add to the quality of life in this area.

Diane Coker with Citizens Against SPLOST proposes an alternative to a SPLOST to complete necessary projects – private enterprise.

An education, or E-SPLOST, will also appear on the ballots of Floyd County voters in this election.  All seven posts on the Rome City School Board are up for a vote, along with seats in Ward Two of the Rome City Commission.  Voters in Cave Spring will also choose from a number of candidates to serve on their City Council in the November 5th election.

Early voting continues through Friday, November 1st from 8 am until 5 pm daily at the Rome Civic Center and at the Floyd County Elections Office, located on the second floor of the Floyd County Administration Building on East Fourth Avenue in downtown Rome.

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