Mon., March 5, 2012 3:00am (EST)

Geogians To Vote On Penny Sales Tax
By Orlando Montoya and Andrea Cervone
Updated: 2 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
(photo Total Aldo)
(photo Total Aldo)
Voters in 34 Georgia communities will decide penny sales taxes on Tuesday.

Revenues collected from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes would fund a wide variety of local projects.

Rome-area projects include jail and courthouse repairs, road improvements and police vehicles.

In Atlanta, city voters have the option to approve a potential $750 million tax for water and sewer maintenance.

Of the three times the one-cent tax has been on the Atlanta ballot, this is the first time the decision will be made on a Republican primary day.

Sally Bethea of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper says, she doesn't think the traditionally anti-tax GOP turn-out will factor into the tax approval.

"I think clean water is a bipartisan issue," Bethea says. "I think that Republican and Democrats and Independents will all understand that this is a renewing tax, a re-authorization of something that is critical to our quality of life."

Bethea says, the tax is important for ensuring clean water.

Other Georgia communities scheduled to vote on penny sales taxes include Augusta, Waycross and Vidalia.