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Newnan-Coweta Chamber encourages a ‘Yes’ vote to SPLOST


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Oct. 31, 2017 - 10:44 PM

With early voting getting under way earlier this month, members of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber are busy letting all of our friends and neighbors know the many reasons our Chamber encourages voting “Yes” to the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that is on the Nov. 7 ballot.

For years now, our community has enjoyed the fruit of a successful marketing campaign branding Coweta County as Prosperity’s Front Door. In addition to our amazing business community, we take great pride in our excellent school system and our state-of-the-art health care facilities. We have beautiful homes old and new, recreational facilities that are second to none, and so many great retail choices that people from far and wide consider Coweta County a favorite shopping destination.

Naturally, we love the fact that out-of-county shoppers help contribute to our local economy through the current one-penny sales tax. For that and many other reasons, continuing this one-penny sales tax just makes sense.

This is not an additional tax but simply a continuation of the current tax. The SPLOST funds will pay for projects such as road maintenance, roads that are so important to all of us on a daily basis. We know from experience that it is less expensive to maintain our roads than it is to repair them. SPLOST funds will be used to fund new parks and recreation projects that increase property values.

Last but certainly not least, we also support SPLOST because it will fund upgrades to the public safety radio system. This new system will help maintain our safe community, which remains a priority for everyone.

At the Chamber, we have long believed that Coweta’s quality of life is our gift to the future. It’s a gift we don’t take for granted, and we ask voters to help us see Coweta’s great quality of life continue by voting “Yes” to SPLOST.

Candace Boothby, president

Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce