PEACH COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Peach County voted yes for the penny tax Tuesday. 68% of residents voted in favor of the SPLOST and 32% voted against the tax.
Chairman of the Peach County Commission, Melvin Walker, says passing this tax a few years early will help them get a jump start on capital projects.
The tax will generate nearly $22 million. $3.9 million will go to both the cities of Byron and Fort Valley.
The county will receive about $13.9 million. This new SPLOST won't go into effect until January 1, 2015. The current SPLOST expires December 31, 2014.
Chairman Walker says, road projects, a new workforce development center, and sewage and water upgrades are a top priority for the county.
"We put forth a plan that we thought was good for the county, and the citizens agreed with that. we feel good about that," says Chairman Walker.
The commissioners say they pushed for this early vote because they wanted to stay ahead of the transportation SPLOST. That penny tax will be on an 11 county ballot in July.