Stephens Co. Begins Talking About SPLOST VI

Stephens County Commissioners have the next SPLOST on their radar.

During a retreat Tuesday at the Kimsey Environmental Center in Eastanollee, the commission began some preliminary discussions about SPLOST Six.

Stephens County Commission Chairman Stanley London said that this meeting was designed to simply put the issue on the table and begin to get organized in preparation for developing the next SPLOST proposal.

“The state requires a certain timeline to get a SPLOST on the ballot and it was basically to go over the timeline and develop a basis of meetings for the future to develop a new SPLOST,” said London.

County officials said many more meetings will take place as part of the SPLOST process, including meetings between the county, the city of Toccoa, and the city of Martin, who also each are eligible to receive SPLOST revenues.

The SPLOST, or Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, is an additional one-cent sales tax that goes towards local capital projects as designated by the SPLOST referendum.

A new SPLOST must be approved by voters.

The current SPLOST, SPLOST Five, expires on June 30, 2014.

A new SPLOST could then begin, if approved by voters, on July 1, 2014.