The Oconee Board of Commissioners has finalized its expenditure list for a special purpose local option sales tax that citizens will vote on Nov. 3. If the referendum passes, it will replace the existing 2015 SPLOST and the sales tax rate will continue at seven percent for an additional six years.
The tax is for county government services, such as roads and bridges, fire trucks, sheriff’s vehicles, water and sewer improvements and facility renovations.
Due to economic trends, the BOC is projecting an 80 percent collection rate, or about $51.72 million, over six years. That’s the amount used to budget the projects. A 100 percent collection rate, however, would translate to $64.6 million. The county has the option to utilize bonds to construct the new library/administrative building, though a decision has not been made at this point.
For the first time, the BOC will earmark about $6.11 million for broadband infrastructure in order to provide citizens—particularly those in rural parts of the county—more reliable internet service.
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