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Voters decide whether to continue SPLOST

September 20, 2005

Sylvester/Ocilla- The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in Worth County is expected to bring in more than $7.6 million over five years.

Turnout Tuesday had been extremely slow. By noon, only 75 people had cast ballots, more than half were in precinct two. Even with the new identification changes, voting went smoothly.

"We had the provisional ballots so when someone comes without I.D. they can vote that way, but we have not had any. Everyone had their driving license, and we're happy for that," says poll manager Ramona Boatright.

If passed, the one-cent sales tax will be used to offset the cost of several projects, including expanding the Sylvester city cemetery and improving roads, streets and sidewalks.

Poll workers in Irwin County also had a slow day. Voters there cast ballots for a one-cent sales tax for education.

During a general election, poll workers say they see between 1,100 and 1,200 voters, but Tuesday only a little more than 100 people cast ballots by lunch time.

"Today we've been real short. I wasn't advertised I don't think like it should have been," says poll manager Tom Harper.

If passed, the Irwin County sales tax could bring in more than $4.3 million.

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