Columbus SPLOST Vote Likely to be Taken Off of November Ballot
SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTIONAL SALES TAX TO BE POSTPONED
The special purpose local option sales tax, is an optional 1% sales tax levied by a county for funding of parks, schools, roads and other facilities.
Columbus, Georgia residents were expecting to vote on passing or failing that sales tax in November.
Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson is planning on taking it off of the ballot.
“I will bring a resolution to council and ask for their support,” says Columbus, Mayor Skip Henderson. “I’ve already spoken with them and for the most part they feel the same way. It’s just not a good time with people so uncertain about what there finances are going to look like over the next several months.”
The primary reason for the SPLOST this year was funding for the government center.
“We intend to keep our promise. We know that the citizens expect us to get that Government Center completed so that it’s safe for the people that live in this community,” said Henderson.
While the SPLOST will not be voted on this year, it will be voted on again in the future.
“This is not a cancellation, it’s a postponement. I intend to ask council again towards the end of 2021,” said Henderson “The primary reason for postponing this is to give everybody a chance to let this settle down. Our budget is uncertain and we know that the families of Columbus household budgets are a little shaky right now.”
The Georgia primary election is delayed until June 9th.
The presidential election is scheduled for November 3rd