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Jones County voting on SPLOST

By Kristen Swilley, 13WMAZ

Jones County voters will soon decide whether they want a special purpose sales tax or SPLOST.

The penny sales tax would send extra money to various departments throughout the county and City of Gray.

13WMAZ spoke to department heads who would get the biggest and smallest chunks of that money to see what they think of the SPLOST.

The Jones County administrator estimates the SPLOST would generate 12 million dollars.

The City of Gray Fire Department would get one of the smaller chunks.to pay for new equipment.

But Fire Chief Max Wood says SPLOST is still "a welcome shot in the arm for the community here at the fire station."

In 2009, the City of Gray's Fire Department got 7.4 percent of the city SPLOST budget, or about $200,000 for equipment. 
The 2015 SPLOST would give the department a little more than 5 percent or $119,000.

Gray's Superintendent Russ Dorman said a vote for the tax is an investment that will pay off in the long run.

Public Works will see 1.3 million if SPLOST passes. 
They plan to use that money to improve water, sewage, streets and storm drainage.

"It would also reduce the amount of user fees that we may have to go up on to secure funding and to pay back debt for the waste water treatment plant," Dorman said.

This vote replaces the 2009 SPLOST, which expires next year. Early voting ends on Friday.

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