Augusta residents are set to vote on the consolidated government’s special purpose, local option sales tax in a referendum on the May 20 ballot. The Augusta Chronicle is addressing the 1 percent sales tax collection in a continuing series until election day.
Q: If voters reject the sales tax referendum May 20, when could they vote on one again?
A: If a sales tax referendum doesn’t pass, Georgia counties must wait one year before returning a tax package to a ballot.
A law change since voters last approved a sales tax referendum in 2009 requires the referendum to be held on the date of a regularly scheduled election, making the next opportunity for Augusta voters to ratify a tax package Nov. 3, 2015, according to Deputy Finance Director Tim Schroer.