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County offers lesser SPLOST cut
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 17, 2014 | 1100 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County Board of Commissioners and Gray City Council members held a second discussion about the sales tax split Feb. 5 with no consensus.
Jones County Board of Commissioners and Gray City Council members held a second discussion about the sales tax split Feb. 5 with no consensus.
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Negotiations for the division of 2015 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds appear to be going nowhere.

The question of the continuation of the one-cent sales tax is anticipated to be on the May 20 primary ballot and voters will decide if the tax is renewed for another six years. The ballot question will contain specified uses for the funds, which at this time is estimated to total $12 for the duration of its collection.

Everyone who makes a purchase in Jones County or Gray pays the penny tax, which is the reason it is considered the fairest way to collect tax money, and the projects funded by SPLOST reduce the ad valorem tax burden on property owners.

The Jones County Board of Commissioners is required to come up with a list of how the sales tax funds will be spent and how much of the tax money will be given to the city, which will be listed on the ballot.

In order for the sales tax to be collected for six years instead of five, city elected officials must agree with the split.

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