2012-08-08 / Front Page

Jenkins voters approve T-SPLOST

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News Editor

Jenkins County voters joined others across Region 7 in giving approval to the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) by a vote of 1,520 to 805 in last week’s General Primary/Non-Partisan Election. Region 7 includes the counties of Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington and Wilkes.

The one cent sales tax, which will begin Jan. 1, 2013, is predicted to generate revenue totaling $841 million that will be used to fund transportation projects over the next 10 years. All projects must be completed during the 10- year collection period.

Seventy-five percent of the revenue collected will be used to fund approved projects as listed in the referendum. Included in the referendum was a $2 million project for Jenkins County for the widening of SR67 (Winthrope Avenue toward Sylvania) and installing turn lanes.

Twenty-five percent of the revenue will be distributed to the cities and counties of the CSRA by a formula to be used for local transportation improvements. It is predicted that $10,612,109 in discretionary funds will come to Jenkins County and Millen over the 10-year period of the tax. These funds will be used for local road paving and improvements with the Perkins-Green Fork Road at the top of the county’s list of T-SPLOST road improvement projects.

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