Augusta voters are set to vote on the consolidated government’s seventh special purpose, local option sales tax package by a referendum that appears on the May 20 ballot.
The Augusta Chronicle addresses the 1 percent sales tax collection in a continuing series until election day.
Q: Has a sales tax referendum ever failed in Augusta?
A: Yes. On Nov 2, 2004, 79 percent of voters rejected Augusta’s fifth attempt at extending the special purpose, local option sales tax.
The $478.7 million proposal, expected to take a decade to complete, included $94 million for buildings and $174.7 million for infrastructure, in addition to an $81 million sports arena, $18 million performing arts center and $40 million amphitheater as well as numerous allocations to charities and outside agencies.
A year later, 66 percent of voters approved a revised $160 million sales tax package that included $125 million for a new courthouse, jail expansions, main library and a convention center and $18.5 million for infrastructure.