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Leaders push SPLOST at Walmart

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Albany and Dougherty County officials came together Monday morning at the new East Albany Walmart construction site to persuade voters one last time to vote YES to extend a Special Local option sales tax.

Mayor Willie Adams and county commission chairman Jeff Sinyard say the Walmart that's being built in East Albany is a perfect example of how proper infrastructure will attract new jobs and big businesses to the Good Life City.

 They say 80% of the one cent sales tax or SPLOST is infrastructure driven. It will help improve roads, sewage and the water system that in the long run betters the area's economy.

"We're in a place now we feel is very competitive. We're going to be in a place where people from all over the state can invest in southwest Georgia, particularly Dougherty county, because of the SPLOST money." said Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard. 

"This is a continuation of the one cent sales tax we've had for the last 25 years. And my philosophy is, if it's not broken why try to fix it," said Albany Mayor Willie Adams.

Officials say SPLOST money has helped invest almost $1 million in east Albany infrastructure.

They believe it helped bring the new Walmart to this location, which will create 400 to 500 jobs.

 

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