Early voting continues on Augusta SPLOST issues

Early voting continues for the June 16 special election, which is a one-issue referendum on the proposed $184.7 million special-purpose sales tax package.

 

Travis Doss, assistant director for the Board of Elections, said this morning participation has been "about normal" in recent weeks -- around 20 voters per day.

Voting officials have predicted about a 15 percent participation rate in SPLOST vote.

WHEN TO VOTE: Polls will be open at the Board of Elections office at the Municipal Building, 530 Greene St., Room 104, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 5.

During advance voting week, June 8-12, polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building office, the Henry Brigham Recreation Center at 2463 Golden Camp Road and the Warren Road Recreation Center at 300 Warren Road.

BREAKDOWN: Of the money to be raised by extending the 1-cent sales tax, 67 percent would go toward infrastructure. The sales tax list also includes:

- $18 million for Municipal Building renovations

- $17 million to replace police vehicles and fire trucks

- $10.9 million for parks and recreation

- $10 million to pay off debt from money fronted to Medical College of Georgia to buy Gilbert Manor public housing project

- $5.7 million for Hephzibah and Blythe

- $5.1 million toward the Augusta Symphony's restoration of the Miller Theatre

- $4 million to dredge Lake Olmstead

- $3.5 million to create a lake near Regency Mall, part of a strategy to spur redevelopment there

- $2.5 million for Paine College's Health Education Activities Learning Complex

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