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Commissioners inform citizens on SPLOST VI

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Several Albany and Dougherty County residents learned more about how the county plans to spend an estimated $35.28 million in SPLOST funds.

Commissioners Gloria Gaines and John Hayes hosted the information session to provide information about the SPLOST VI referendum which is on the November ballot.

If voters approve it, the tax is expected to generate $98 million over the next six years.

It'll be split almost 60/40 between the city and county.

The county plans to use the funds for 22-projects. Commissioner Gaines said SPLOST six is attractive to many Dougherty County citizens.

"40 percent of the sales tax in the county comes from other people in the surrounding counties, so the burden of paying for these projects will not be entirely on the citizens of Dougherty County," said Gloria Gaines, County Commissioner District 5.

Gaines said if the measure doesn't pass in November, the only other way to get that much money is to raise property taxes, and that's a hard sell right now.

There will be another session Monday night at seven at the Albany Civic Center.

Click here to see a PDF of Dougherty County's proposed projects.

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