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Thronateeska in favor of SPLOST funds

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Leaders at an Albany cultural center hope voters will approve extending Dougherty County's one-cent sales tax.

Thronateeska Heritage Center wants to build an archive facility to preserve historic records and create space for research.

It's on the list of SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) projects for $2million. Thronateeska also hopes to receive $640,000 to complete a train exhibit.

Part of that money will go towards repairing the historic 1857 train depot Albany's founder built to bring more commerce to the city.

"It's just a great historic building," said Thronateeska Heritage Director, Tommy Gregors. "If anyone has ever been to the depot up in Atlanta, it just makes a great event space. Many people in Albany would remember having Halloween parties here and other functions inside the building years ago."

The SPLOST referendum is on the November ballot. It would extend the current penny tax that's been in effect in Dougherty County since 1986.

If it passes, more than 55% percent of the revenue would go to infrastructure projects.

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