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November 3, 2004

Albany -- Dougherty County leaders say voters overwhelming support of continuing the extra one cent sales tax will pay off big for the community. They say those pennies will bring new jobs and keep your safe.

Every time a dollar is spent in Dougherty County, one cent sales tax will continue to be collected for SPLOST Five. More than seventy percent of Dougherty County voters approved the continuation of the extra cent sales tax, for capital improvement projects.

Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard said "Those pieces that are going to be put together, it is going to create a huge,positive climate for economic prosperity for all of our citizens."

One million dollars of the SPLOST 5 money will be used to purchase the former Nypro Plant on Oakridge Drive, and rent it to new businesses, creating more jobs. Sinyard said "We got three or four prospects as we speak looking at our community, not only to expand, but to bring new companies in here."

One and a half million dollars of the sales tax money will purchase a new aerial fire truck, to replace a twenty year old model. Albany Fire Chief James Arrowood said "It's not used that much for high angle rescues, however when you need it there is no substitute."

Another one and a half million dollars will build a new public safety training center for all emergency responders and improved radio system. Chief Arrowood said "That means faster communication, more reliable response, and better trained personnel."

Dougherty County estimates $108 million will be raised in the next six years by the one cent sales tax. There are 42 projects approved to receive those funds, improving your safety and improving South Georgia's economic development.

The new SPLOST five sales tax will not have a cap amount like in the past, but can collect as much money as possible. The penny sales tax authorized by Tuesday's election begins April 1st.

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