SPLOST Fails


A number of governmental entities—among them, Glynn County, Brunswick, Jekyll Island, and the JWSC—are going to have to find new funding sources for a laundry list of projects or they’ll have to wait a while and try again. The one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax failed at the ballot box 3180 to 3665 or 46.5% to 53.5%. Turnout was an abysmal 11.78%, most of it coming in early and absentee voting. Much of the opposition to the tax came from residents concerned about projects outstanding from previous SPLOSTs as well as people upset at the speed with which a new commission put a SPLOST on an off-year ballot. County commissioners defended their actions, pointing out that the list they presented was largely assembled before COVID derailed the last attempt to pass a SPLOST.


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