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Public Safety officials endorse sales tax

October 25, 2004

Albany - Supporters of a one cent sales tax in Dougherty County want voters to know that nearly one-fourth of expected revenues from the tax would go to improve public safety.

Public Safety officials urged voters to vote yes and continue the sales tax. They alligned themselves with the Citizens for Goods Cents, a group in support of SPLOST. If passed, the 1% sales tax would be extended for 6 more years. About $24-million in sales tax revenue would go to public safety projects, including a $6.8-million upgrade of the radio communication system and a $ 1.5-million training center for firefighters.

"For years we could burn abandoned houses for fire training, but now the EPA doesn't allow that. So this fire training facility is our only other option," said J. Arrowood, Fire Chief.

Improvements to the jail and county police department, cameras for police cars, and a new EMS headquarters are other proposed SPLOST public safety projects. The tax is expected to raise $107.9-million over six years. The current local option sales tax expires March 31st, 2005 if voters do not extend it.

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