On March 21, Newton County residents will have the opportunity to vote on the 2017 SPLOST. Included among the wide variety of projects that will benefit the community is $1.3M for the Yellow River Trail, a multi-use trail that will run along the Yellow River from Porterdale to Turner Lake Complex in Covington.
SPLOST stands for special-purpose local-option sales tax and is a financing method for funding capital projects in the state of Georgia. It is an optional 1% sales tax levied by any county for the purpose of funding the building of specific community improvement projects. SPLOST is a popular funding method since visitors to a county contribute through their purchases.
The last SPLOST in Newton County was passed in 2011 by approximately just 300 votes with only around 4,300 people voting. For this reason, it's important that trail supporters make plans to vote now. Early voting will begin on February 27 at the Newton County administrative office building. The last day to vote will be Tuesday, March 21 at your regular polling place.