Community reacts to upcoming SPLOST vote

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The May 20th election is less than two weeks away, and the special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST,  has been an issue of discussion for months now. The money from the tax would go towards a variety of public projects and some people like Augusta resident Greg Kirby support the tax.

"For me the SPLOST is about supporting and enriching the community," he says.

And one endeavor has Kirby checking yes for the SPLOST.

"The arts, and very specifically the funding of the Miller Theater," Kirby says.

If approved the Symphony Orchestra of Augusta would receive $4.25 million to renovate the Miller Theatre, which Kirby feels is much needed. 

"Anytime economies start to nose dive, what ends up happening is the arts are the first thing to go," he says. 

Several people we asked said they didn't really know much about the tax, and one woman said "As long as it goes towards things that help the city, I'm okay with it."

Kirby feels the tax helps all areas of the city.

"I think the SPLOST for the arts and for the enrichment of lives in Richmond County is a good thing," he says.

If the tax gets voted down, Georgia counties must wait one year before putting a tax package on the ballot.

We will continue to update you on the SPLOST and the upcoming elections as May 20th gets closer.

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