Another sales tax will need concise wish list
Public officials in Glynn County are beginning to hint around that voters in this community may soon be asked to approve another 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. A mention of it surfaced during a recent discussion of the millions of dollars that will be needed for improvements at the county's two airports, Brunswick Golden Isles Airport and McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport.

What has to be done to scrub the two facilities up for the 21st century and to get them ready for new clients and businesses will require more, a whole lot more, than what the two generate in revenue and in government payouts each year, airport officials say.

Certainly it hasn't escaped those who are pondering a new sales tax that voters have been reluctant to approve any tax increase. It's the mood of the entire country right now, in fact. Residents pay a small fortune in taxes already, and squeezing even as little as another penny out of them -- a penny on the dollar on local purchases -- may take some convincing.

Of course, it might be easier to do if the county could find other places than itself to spend sales tax revenue. How about, for example, a new community-friendly facility at the waterfront in downtown Brunswick or at Liberty Ship Park? Or a performing arts center at College of Coastal Georgia for the school system and college? Or how about some kind of advanced technology for Southeast Georgia Health System, equipment the community does not have now that would be helpful in saving the lives of residents?

It will be difficult to sell voters on a need for more comfy or spacial offices or the need for additional beautification projects, especially when government can't take care of what it has now.

Be creative. Produce a list that residents will support, one that includes projects for education. The county helped build Golden Isles Career Academy, after all, right?

The Glynn County Board of Education, which has done a remarkable job spending its sales tax dollars, will surely be considering another tax. Wouldn't it be nice, as well as easier on the taxpayers, if the public school system, city government and county government could share a single penny tax?