What slice of the sales tax pie will cities get if voters renew the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) in November?
Madison County commission chairman Anthony Dove met with mayors of the county’s six municipalities in his office Monday afternoon to discuss potential sales tax funds for each city if voters renew SPLOST in November.
Dove said the county projects between $12.5 and $12.6 million in total sales tax revenue over six years — roughly the same revenue projection as the last SPLOST in 2008.
Six years ago, the BOC approved $1.5 million for the cities to divide based on population. Dove said the same allocation for the municipalities is a good possibility for the next six years. But the five-member BOC will have to vote on how the tax funds are split.
The BOC recently heard from the 11 local volunteer fire departments and the rescue service who requested $1.2 million in sales tax funds over six years. This would bring $20,000 annually to each department to help cover equipment costs, such as firemen’s breathing apparatus, which can cost up to $6,000 each.