The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

SPLOST dollars help county, cities


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Nov. 04, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Taxes are needed for all governments.

They provide what people want and what they need. Our county has done well with the last SPLOST, which went into effect in 2013. It was a one cent sales tax.

We will vote on Nov.  7 to continue with this tax. It is NOT a tax increase. Not only will the county benefit but eight municipalities in the county will receive funds from this tax – Haralson, Turin, Palmetto, Sharpsburg, Moreland, Grantville, Senoia, and Newnan.

Anyone who shops in Coweta county contributes to the SPLOST fund. An estimated 40 percent of shoppers are from outside Coweta county.

The total projected collection for the last SPLOST (2013-2018) will be $123.5 million. If we had not supported the last SPLOST, then the homeowners would have had a tax increase to cover all of the projects.

Things that this SPLOST will cover will be transportation, public safety, recreation, public works and other small projects. NO funds will be used to pay salaries for anyone. These projects have been planned for the present and the future by working with ALL department heads. The estimated collections of $140 million over a six-year period will be needed to fund these projects.

Let’s all support our county in this effort.

Bill Griggers

Newnan