More than $100 million — a penny at a time — is at stake for local governments and schools next Tuesday.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday with the education local option sales tax (ELOST) and special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) issues on the ballot, as well as the presidential primary being held.
Voters will decide whether to extend the SPLOST for an additional six years. Voter approval would generate an estimated $55 million over the six-year course of the tax, money officials say will retire debt and meet the needs of Jackson County, its nine municipalities and the county water and sewerage system. The current six-year tax expires June 30, 2017.
They will also vote on a five-year extension of the ELOST projected to generate $44.5 million to be divided among the Commerce, Jackson County and Jefferson school systems according to an enrollment based formula. The current round of ELOST expires in March 2017.
For more information on ELOST and SPLOST, see the Feb. 24 issue of The Jackson Herald.