Should Madison County keep its one-cent sales tax to fund various community improvements?
That’s what local voters will decide Tuesday in a “Yes-or-No”-referendum on renewing the county’s one-cent special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST).
Voters have shown little interest in the matter so far, with just 444 or 2.6 percent of the county’s 16,841 registered voters offering a thumbs up or down to SPLOST. As of mid-day Wednesday, the Madison County Registrar’s Office had 310 ballots cast in the office in the government complex and had received 134 out of 194 ballots issued by mail.
“The turnout has been light,” said chief registrar Tracy Dean.
But voters can still cast an early ballot this week. Early voting runs through Friday at 5 p.m. at the registrar’s office. A valid ID is required. There will be no early voting Monday, but on Tuesday, Nov. 5, the county’s 11 polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If voters approve the renewal of the one-cent tax, nothing will change with local purchases. The tax is not an additional penny. But a “Yes” on SPLOST will mean that a variety of county and city improvement projects will be funded over the next six years. A “No” will mean that people making purchases in Madison County will pay one penny less per dollar for the next six years. It also means improvement projects won’t be funded through sales taxes for six years — or at least until a “Yes” vote on another referendum attempt.