Old Clinton Historical Society President Earline Hamilton and OCHS board member Deloras Moon met with Jones County commissioners March 29. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss possible scenarios that would be acceptable to the community and the historical society.
At the request of Hamilton, commissioners agreed to include preservation of a historic tan yard discovered in Clinton in their 2009 SPLOST referendum, which was approved by voters in a special election Sept. 16, 2008.
The sales tax was a renewal of a one-cent tax already in place. The 2004 SPLOST ended June 30, 2009, and the new tax then took effect. Other uses for the 2009 SPLOST include water and sewer expansion and improvements, expansion of recreation facilities, road paving and equipment purchases, new cars and equipment for the sheriff’s department, rehab of government buildings, preparation of the county’s industrial park, golf course improvements, EMA equipment, and construction of additional fire departments.
It is estimated that the use of the SPLOST funds has saved taxpayers 2.48 mills on their ad valorem taxes.
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