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Georgia Voters to Determine Fate of Sales Tax

  • Oct 22, 2015 | Gail Cole

 November 3 election will determine fate of local sales tax in Georgia.

Update, 11.4.2015: The 1% temporary sales tax has been approved.

Voters in Glynn County, Georgia, will determine the fate of a local sales tax on November 3, 2015. The Glynn County Board of Education is proposing a temporary 1% local sales tax to fund school maintenance and new construction. If approved, it is expected to raise approximately $130 million during its four-year lifespan.

Officials speaking on behalf of the school board are underscoring that this would not be a tax rate increase and that “a sizable portion of the total tax” would be paid by non-residents. It would be an extension of an ESPLOST (Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) approved in 2009, which was itself an extension of an earlier ESPLOST.

Still, it may be a tough sell. County voters have reportedly “exhibited an anti-tax attitude” for several years. “That attitude lingers.”

See a sample ballot of the 1% sales tax for educational purposes.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.