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County plans sessions on tax
The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce is for it, but the Glynn County Republican Party is not.

Now, the Glynn County Commission wants to make sure residents get the complete lowdown on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for transportation before voting to accept or reject it in a countywide referendum in the July 31 primaries.

The county has scheduled four informational sessions each Tuesday starting next week and ending June 26.

Glynn County residents will join voters in other counties in the coastal region in deciding the fate of the 10-year, 1 percent sales tax. Its passage will hinge on a majority of 10 counties in the region voting for it.

The purpose of the meetings is to inform voters of the purpose and goals of the Transportation Investment Act, said Candice Temple, county spokeswoman.

Local and state chambers of commerce have endorsed the tax. They said the projects it would fund would benefit Georgia's economy.

The local Republican Party says the tax is unnecessary, that the Georgia Department of Transportation just needs to do a better job at budgeting its funds.

State transportation officials say current funding sources are inadequate keep up with demand.

Jeff Kilgore, first vice president of the Glynn County Republican Party, says he plans to attend the meetings. Kilgore is adamantly opposed to the proposed new tax.

"This is an insidious law, which is the largest tax increase in the history of the state of Georgia, and which will impact the poorest among us the hardest, including the elderly who are living on a fixed income and single parents who can least afford yet another governmental attempt at seizing their income," Kilgore said.

Two Republican members of the state delegation, Rep. Alex Atwood of St. Simons Island and Sen. William Ligon of Waverly, say the act is unconstitutional and subject to legal challenge.

TSPLOST projects in Glynn County include Interstate 95 exit 42 reconstruction; $20 million; Downing Musgrove Causeway Latham River Bridge reconstruction, $39 million; widening Ga. 99 from Ga. 82 to Ga. 32, $130 million; and widening U.S. 17 from Yacht Road to Harry Driggers, $31 million.

The sales tax in Glynn County is now 6 percent. It would rise to 7 percent if the TSPLOST passes.

The nine other counties in the coastal region are McIntosh, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Bulloch, Bryan, Liberty, Long and Screven.

BREAKOUT

Informational sessions

Four informational sessions on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for transportation are planned by the Glynn County Commission this month. Each will include a question and answer period.

* Tuesday: 6 to 7 p.m. Room 108 in the Casino, St. Simons Island

* June 12: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the old county courthouse

* June 19: 6 to 7 p.m. St. Williams Catholic Church, parish hall

* June 26: 6 to 7 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church



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