Chattahoochee County SPLOST up for votes in primary

CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - According to the Chattahoochee County Manager Thomas Weaver, the one cent SPLOST that's up for renewal will not increase from eight to nine percent. It's a tax Weaver says has been around for 10 years.

"I don't think that taxes should keep increasing," says T. S. Duval lives in Chattahoochee County. "I mean, nine percent is ridiculous."

Duval says she's against voting for the sales tax increase in Chattahoochee County in this year's primary election, and county leaders say the talk is much to do about nothing.

Weaver explains "the tax in question here has already been in place for 10 years, but we have to renew it every five years to keep it current."

Weaver tells us that's how long the SPLOST tax has been implemented for the county - which rose the sales tax to seven percent. Weaver says last year, was the first time since the SPLOST vote that the sales tax increased.

"And then last year when the state put on the one percent TSPLOST, ours went up to eight percent and I think Muscogee County went up to nine percent," Weaver adds.

According to Weaver, the money is part of a plan to raise $5 million, over a five year period, for capital improvements to roads and bridges, public safety and fleet and equipment upgrades for the Unified Government of Cussetta-Chattahoochee County. But even those plans do not sit well with Duval.

Duval said "it's called penny-any. My father used to say that. You know, you pay a little bit here and then you pay a little bit more here and you pay something somewhere else and when you add it all up, it's a huge amount."

Still, Weaver says it's important for Chattahoochee County voters to be armed with the correct information as they head to the polls.

He adds "it won't be anything additional that's not already existing. Our tax rates will be remaining the same."

Along with the SPLOST renewal -- there are three county commission seats up for election in Chattahoochee County. One will run unopposed in tomorrow's primary election.

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