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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) –Tuesday voters in Tift County will decide whether to continue paying an extra penny in sales tax to pay for various projects throughout the county.

Local leaders say voting yes is the smart vote.

The mayor of Tifton says they are hoping to collect $60,700,000 for projects in the county, Tifton, Ty Ty and Omega one of the most important ones being road and infrastructure improvement.

Tomorrow, voters in Tift County will make a big decision. They will decide whether to continue paying one additional penny for each dollar spent in the county. "It's not a new penny its just a continuance on SPLOST IV," said Mayor Jamie Cater.

For SPLOST V, City and county leaders hope to collect more than 60 million dollars to be split between the county, the city of Tifton, Omega and Ty Ty. "I think we will get 85 to 90 percent of that," he said.

And Tift County has the benefit of 1-75. "Somewhere around 40 percent of the SPLOST tax is paid by people passing through or visiting the community," he said.

The largest chunk of the money, 8.8 million dollars, will go towards road, street, parking and other infrastructure projects which the mayor says are critical.

He says 20th street needs resurfacing, and some roads still need to be paved. $500,000 will go towards expanding and improving the Senior Center, which is a popular spot in the county. "Our seniors really do use our senior center, we need to do some upgrades some increasing in the square footage," he said.

And 1.5 million will be spent on technology upgrades and improvements, "We need to upgrade our server which is the main component our computers our laptops and our blackberries," he said.

The mayor says statewide, SPLOST has a high success rate."There have been 117 counties in Georgia that have had SPLOST in the past year and only 3 failed," he said.

He hopes voters vote yes Tuesday, because if not, many projects will go without until they have the money.

On the ballot, voters will also decide whether to continue the Tift County Board of Education's 48 million dollar SPLOT 1V referendum once the current one ends

All regular voting precinct will be open Tuesday from 7:00am-7:00pm

If it passes this SPLOST will go into effect January 2013 and last for 6 years.

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