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SPLOST: Let your vote count

Lamar County voters will go to the polls March 15 to decide whether or not to continue to impose a one cent sales tax to fund a varied wish list of projects. Turnout is always the big question in referendum votes not held in conjunction with a major election. Thus far, 186 voters have cast advance ballots and elections superintendent Anita Reid has mailed out 25 absentee ballots of which 12 have been returned. Lamar has 11,576 voters registered for next week’s vote. The continuation of SPLOST is expected to generate $9,564,520 to be split among Lamar and its municipalities. Of those projected monies, Lamar County will receive $5,356,131, Barnesville will get $3,730,163, Milner will receive $328,581 and Aldora will see a $95,645 boost to its coffers. Elected officials point to the projects completed with the current and previous SPLOST and hope voters will continue the only major revenue stream they have other than ad valorem (property) taxes.

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