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Hinesville mayor discusses impact of SPLOST vote

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A sales tax vote in Liberty County this November could be make-or-break for the City of Hinesville, according to the mayor.

He says the city's been struggling after a sales tax vote failed two years ago, meanwhile Hinesville, keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Voters here won't see a special purpose sales tax on the ballot until November at the earliest. But Hinesville's mayor is already making the sales pitch to anyone who'll listen. He says it's the only way to help provide for such explosive growth.

“It's hard to keep up with infrastructure, streets and roads, drainage, police cars and ambulances,” said Mayor Allen Brown.

Brown says growing the city without a SPLOST has meant taxing property owners more, since voters rejected a sales tax referendum in 2014. The mayor says a new huge shopping plaza on the way will mean even more shoppers coming to Hinesville and more sales tax revenue.

“It's going to be a game-changer for Hinesville and Liberty County. It will attract people. We're already a mini-hub for regional shopping,” said Mayor Brown.

Considering one third of the shoppers here now come from outside Liberty County.

“If we can raise that number a little, it takes some pressure on the local folks,” said Mayor Brown.

He thinks the cities and county could have a proposal to show voters in May or June.

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