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City complains over tax revenue split

August 14, 2003

Americus-- Would you turn down $315,000? That's exactly what the Americus City Council did, opting out of their share of the proposed $22-million special local options sales tax.

They were upset that only a fraction of the money was slated for city needs, the majority going instead to build a new County Courthouse.

There is little room to move in the Sumter County Clerk's office. "It's difficult we run into each other and bump into each other and have bruises often from bumping desk or I'm always running into a computer trying to scoot around," says Clerk of Courts, Nancy Smith.

Smith is less worried though about bruises than about shelf space. She is required by law to keep records in a fire-proof environment, but lack of space has forced her to store them in the basement. "So I'm probably in violation of those codes but I have no other choice."

"We felt we should have gotten more." City Councilman Walton Grant agrees the Courthouse has a lot of problems, and deserves some of the SPLOST money, but not at the expense of city needs. "I really feel like the citizens got slighted. A lot of people came to me to voice their opinion, and I agree with their opinion."

The Courthouse is the focal point of the proposed SPLOST-- costing $13 million.

For Nancy Smith, it's worth every penny. "I consider myself in crunch time right now." A space crunch that is getting worse every day. The City Council wanted six million dollars for sewer expansion and repairs on an old school.

Voters will decide on the proposed SPLOST tax September 16th.

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