SPLOST question: What's in the May 20 sales tax package for the sheriff's office?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 9:26 PM
Last updated 10:13 PM
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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: What’s in the May 20 sales tax package for the sheriff’s office?

A: Listed specifically for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in the document commissioners approved – if the sales tax referendum passes – are $407,000 for a digital in-car video system; $332,000 for high-definition body cameras; and $700,000 for downtown video equipment.

Included under Information Technology to be utilized by the sheriff’s office is $13 million for a new public safety radio system and $900,000 to replace mobile data terminals. Under Fleet Management is $8 million for public safety vehicles.

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