We are just one week away from Election Day. And city and county leaders here in Chatham County are getting nervous.
There's a low turnout so far for early voting. There's no sign if that's a good thing or a bad thing for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, called SPLOST. But they say if SPLOST doesn't pass, that could mean raising taxes.
We've learned so far only 1,500 voters have turned out after two weeks of early voting. Election officials say that's pretty light compared to previous elections. So we've been making calls to find out what it would mean if SPLOST didn't pass in Chatham County and it is seven cities after having it for 27 straight years.
Of course major projects like the $100 million + arena would be gone. But the real fear is not being able to pay for capital funds projects like water and sewer. So yes, city and county leaders say they'll fight it, but they may have to raise the millage rate on property taxes.
Splost is expected to generate $370 million dollars over six years, but only if it passes. The last day of early voting is Friday. Of course the election is Tuesday, just one week away.