In a few days, Chatham County
voters will have the opportunity to renew the already-existing, one-penny sales
tax, known as SPLOST, the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Voting YES is a classic no-brainer. That's because almost 40% of the revenues
derived from this already-existing- penny, comes from expenditures made by
visitors to Savannah and surrounding Chatham County communities. To repeat, Chatham non-residents produce nearly
40% of the revenue. There's simply no
other way to generate that kind of painless, outside, no-strings-attached help
for needed local projects.
Beyond the passive-benevolence
of our visitors, renewal of SPLOST is also a key-defense against the necessity
of raising property taxes, always a concern for residents, but especially, for
retirees and others living on fixed income.
Years ago, an auto repair commercial had the tag line: "You can pay me
now or pay me later." And that speaks directly to the current renewal. There
are badly-needed infrastructure projects and others, throughout the county, many
involving job-creation, and all, including resolving congestion on DeRenne, must
be funded, to enhance quality of life, improve safety, and to keep our communities
moving forward. Understand, clearly, that failure to pass the SPLOST renewal
will, inevitably, trigger property-tax increases in the future.
There's a ton of positive-power in that SPLOST penny. Please vote next Tuesday to keep it going and growing. Vote YES for SPLOST !