As it has done with previous sales tax referendums, the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors voted without dissent last Friday to endorse passage of the 10-year T-SPLOST on July 31.
President Shane Short argued the case before the directors, reminding them that passage of the 10-year transportation sales tax will bring almost $1 billion into the 12-county region. Three-quarters of that money will go to fund projects approved by a district roundtable chaired by Hunter Bicknell, and the rest will be apportioned among the cities and counties in the region.
“For many of the communities in our region, that 25 percent is much more than they get now,” Short reported.
Bicknell, who chairs the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, told the group that the county has identified “17-18 projects that did not make the major (region) list” for funding with its share of the 25 percent. Jackson County would receive about $150,000 a year from that portion of the revenue, and its municipalities would also receive funds.
For the full story, see the April 25 issue of The Jackson Herald.