Sparks fly during SPLOST debate

Sparks fly during SPLOST debate

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Sparks flew between folks on both sides of the SPLOST debate at a Muscogee County Board meeting tonight, March 16.

A man against "against" the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) told a woman who is "for" the SPLOST to shut her mouth after she tried to respond to his comments. He was later escorted out of the meeting.

There are strong opinions on both sides. Earlier today, News Leader 9 spoke to those for and against the tax about how much money they've spent campaigning on the issue.

"We've raised less than $10,000 the other side has 15 to 20 times that amount of money," says Frank Myers, of

News Leader 9's Tesia Reed asked, "About how much money did you guys spend on this campaign," Bennie Newrorth, of 'Yes for Kids' responded with, "I'm not sure just yet. The figures are not in."

The SPLOST—which would add a penny to the current sales tax in Muscogee County—would fund several school improvement projects. Polls are open tomorrow, March 17, from 7 AM to 7 PM as voters decide on the issue. News Leader 9 will bring you the latest on the referendum as the votes come in.

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