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SPLOST absentee ballots ready; early voting starts Monday

oters desiring absentee ballots for the March 21 SPLOST referendum can get them now at the elections board office at the county administrative building on Thomaston Street. Early voting on the special local option sales tax will begin Feb. 27 and run through March 17. Voters will decide whether or not to extend the current one percent SPLOST for a period of time not longer than six years. It is expected raise nearly $9.4 million to be split between Lamar County and its municipalities. The county expects to receive just under $5.4 million. It will develop the recreation area on Hwy. 36 East and earmark $250,000 for a new animal shelter. Also on the county list are paving and resurfacing projects, bridge repair, equipment and vehicle purchases and renovation of public facilities. Barnesville expects to receive about $3.6 million for similar road work, sidewalks and stormwater drainage work. It also has construction and renovation of public facilities on its wish list. Some $375,000 is earmarked for Milner which also plans paving and resurfacing work along with sidewalks, water and sewer upgrades and public park improvements. Aldora will get about $94,000 and will also do paving and resurfacing work, sidewalks, renovation, water and sewer upgrades and landscaping.

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