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SPLOST Committee Seeks Applicants

Feb 16, 2013 -- 1:32pm

By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)

The Floyd County Board of Commissioners is now accepting applications from citizens that would like to serve on a new SPLOST committee. 
The commission-elected board of citizens will be tasked with identifying community projects that could benefit from the proposed penny-tax. Both city and county commissioners have been deliberating levying a new SPLOST to take over the penny that will roll off at the end of June, and this committee is the next step in that process. However, amidst national cries of ‘No New Taxes,’ Voters in March turned down the one-penny continuation of the 2009 tax.
In light of this, Mayor Evie McNiece defended the proposed SPLOST at last week’s commission meeting. 
“This is just another tool to continue progress, and make us more competitive in the state, so that we can attract new business and industry,” she said.  “At this point it is not a new tax; it would just be a continuation of the penny that we already have in place. It would be nice to say we don’t have it, but then it wouldn’t be nice to be without the projects.” 
According to City Manager John Bennett, all the counties surrounding Floyd have a long-standing SPLOST that supplies their capital needs. 
If you’re a registered voter in Floyd County and you’d like to be considered for the committee, you can obtain an application here. You may also contact the County Clerk’s office to apply, at 706-291-5110. 
The application deadline is 5p.m. Monday. 

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