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Chatham County Commission Reveals SPLOST Proposal

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Over the last few weeks Chatham County's list of special tax projects seemed somewhat elusive.  That is until yesterday when WSAV's Greg Gullberg put it on where you can still review it. 

Click here to get your FIRST look at the spending plan.

It's a long list with one problem: The special tax election isn't scheduled.  And the election board chairman says that won't happen until the county meets the paperwork requirements.  That hurdle should be cleared soon.  If it is, the job then falls to voters to say whether they think all of the projects are worth the tax dollars. 

Terry Stephens and her 3 year old grandson James are hoping it will pass.  They depend on the Oglethorpe Mall Branch Library for his education.  They were excited to hear one of the biggest projects on the county commission's list is a new library. 

"It would be much needed here.  We need one.  We've needed one for years.  This is a very busy place. It's pretty worn because it is so busy.  So I would be ecstatic if they would put a new one here," Stephens said.  

200,000 people came to the Oglethorpe Library last year.  That makes it one of the most heavily visited libraries in Chatham County.  The building opened 35 years ago and in that time the growth of the Southside has far outpaced the ability to serve customers with such limited space.  

Now there's excitement over the possibility of a much larger library, especially from the customers. 

"It's just a much needed place for entertainment and for education for my grand kids," Stephens said.   

If Splost passes it will generate $370 million dollars to be divided among the county and cities.  The county's projects are worth a combined $137 million. 

On the list are beach re-nourishments for Tybee Island, CAT bus replacements, and replacing Memorial Stadium, which is used by most high schools in the area.  And of course, the new library.  

Attached you can find the full list of projects. 

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