LINCOLN COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - With all precincts reporting, Richmond County voters have passed SPLOST 7. The results came in as follows.
Mayor Davis released the following statement about the passage of the tax: "Thank you to all our residents who participated in the election for caring enough to be involved and engaged in the process. For those who supported SPLOST 7, we commit to deliver these projects with efficiency. To those who were in opposition to the passage of SPLOST 7, we will diligently ensure that these funds are used as we identified. All Augustans can be assured that we will execute SPLOST 7 with unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability."
The question on the ballot read as follows:
Countywide Special Election: Shall a special 1 percent sales and use tax be reimposed in the special district of Richmond County, upon the termination of the special one percent sales and use tax presently in effect, for the raising of not more than $215,550,000 for the following purposes pursuant to an Intergovernmental Sales Tax Agreement, dated as of September 1, 2015, among Augusta, Georgia ("Augusta"), the City of Blythe, Georgia ("Blythe"), and the City of Hephzibah ("Hephzibah"): (a) capital outlay projects, which are estimated to cost $207,150,000, to be owned or operated or both by Augusta or by one or more local authorities within such special district pursuant to intergovernmental contracts with Augusta (the "Augusta Projects"): (1) Road, Street, Bridge, and Drainage Improvements, (2) Acquisition, Improvement, and Renovation of Administrative Facilities, (3) Library and Museum Improvements and Renovations, (4) Acquisition of Renovated Municipal Building pursuant to an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Urban Redevelopment Agency of Augusta, (5) Public Safety Facilities, Equipment, and Vehicles, (6) Information Technology, and (7) Parks, Recreational, and Cultural Facilities; (b) capital outlay projects, which are estimated to cost $1,900,000, to be owned or operated or both by Blythe: (1) Water System Improvements, (2) Drainage, Storm Water, and Bike Path Improvements, (3) Public Safety Equipment and Vehicles, (4) Community Building, Library, and Park Facilities, (5) Information Technology, (6) Renovations to City Hall and Administrative Facility, (7) Road Improvements, and (8) Vehicles and Related Equipment; and (c) capital outlay projects, which are estimated to cost $6,500,000, to be owned or operated or both by Hephzibah (the "Hephzibah Projects"): (1) Parks, Recreational, and Cultural Facilities, (2) Hephzibah Agricultural Center, (3) Water System Upgrades, Equipment and Vehicles, (4) Public Safety Equipment and Vehicles, (5) Fire Department Facilities, Vehicles and Equipment, (6) Road Improvement Projects, (7) Alternative Energy Facilities, and (8) City Hall Expansion?