Retail businesses in Crisp, Dooly and Wilcox counties will begin collecting an extra penny sales tax Jan. 1 for a total of 8 cents on every dollar of sales.
This penny will go to support regional transportation projects. Voters will remember that they voted in July to levy a one cent TSPLOST (transportation special purpose local option sales tax) on themselves beginning in 2013 and continuing for 10 years.
Each of the three counties will receive a portion of the region-wide proceeds for projects that have been or will be determined by county commissioners in each of the counties. A group of leaders from each of the counties in the River Valley region which includes Crisp and Dooly counties made a list of region-wide projects they want funded.
Among those projects are the construction of a new Hwy. 280 bridge in Crisp County and the four-laning of Hwy. 280 from the bridge east to the Hwy. 300 connector at a total cost of $62 million.
In Dooly County, the leaders decided to widen Hwy. 41 from the Houston to Crisp county lines at a cost of $7 million.
Because Crisp, Dooly and Wilcox counties are located in regions that approved the TSPLOST, they also will receive state grants with 10% matches for additional transportation projects. Counties in regions that did not approve the extra one cent tax in 2012 will be required to provide 30% matches for any state funds they receive.
In addition to the TSPLOST in all counties in the Cordele Dispatch coverage area, people who make retail purchases in any of these counties will pay four cents in state sales tax; a one cent local option sales tax (LOST); a one cent special purpose local option sales tax that is divided among the county and city governments and a one-center SPLOST for education.