If the transportation special purpose local options sales tax passes on Nov. 2, Oconee County will be equal to Athens-Clarke County on the amount of taxation on household goods.
At present, there is a collective 7-cent tax per dollar on retail items in Oconee. Four of those cents are imposed by the state. Then, there is a local option sales tax for and a special purpose local option sales tax for projects specific to Oconee County and its municipalities. On top of that, the school system collects another cent on every dollar from the education local option sales tax (a continuation of that tax was approved by voters earlier this year). Revenue from a proposed TSPLOST will be earmarked solely for transportation, road and pedestrian-access projects.
There are no county or state seats up for election this year, so the referendum is the sole item on the countywide election. However, there are contested council seats in Watkinsville, North High Shoals and Bogart.
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