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SPLOST Not Going on Ballot, Yet

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County Commission Chairman Al Scott talks about SPLOST decision County Commission Chairman Al Scott talks about SPLOST decision
CHATHAM COUNTY, GA -

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax called SPLOST will not be going to the ballot, at least not unless some other matters are settled first. 

 

The Chatham County Board of Elections pulled the plug on SPLOST.  Why?  Because Chatham County and the City of Savannah couldn't get an agreement signed designating how the tax money would be divided.

 

The city's approval came last Thursday, but Chairman of the Election Board, Joe Steffen says not one city official signed the document.  However, Steffen says the real problem lies with the county commission, which hasn't even voted to begin with.  WSAV's Government Reporter Greg Gullberg spoke exclusively with Commission Chairman Albert Scott. 

 

"I think they overstepped their boundaries and there is case law to support that. They do not tell the county whether or not they can hold a referendum. They manage the county's referendum. And that's the difference, and I think that we'll get it all resolved," Scott said.   

 

"The part about having reference in a document to a contract and not having that contract in front of me and not having any signatures on it, that bothers me," said Joseph Steffen, Elections Board Chairman.

 

This doesn't mean the SPLOST vote won't happen in November.  But it does mean it's going to take some quick action on everyone's part to get it there.  And what's at stake is $370 million for special projects over the next six years. 

 

WSAV got an exclusive first look at the county's projects list for the SPLOST proposal Tuesday.  It totals to $137.5 million.  Here are some highlights.  

 

$25 million - intersections, bridges, streetlights, sidewalks, et cetera

$15 million - storm water and drainage projects

$15 million - Emergency Operations Center (CEMA)

$11 million – Memorial Stadium

$8 million – Parks & Rec (Dog Parks, Soccer Fields)

 

Stay tuned to WSAV as we release much more on this project list. 

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