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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 11:00pm

Georgians Vote In Local Elections

Updated: 1 year ago.
Voters will decide whether or not to raise local sales taxes in McIntosh and Camden County. (Photo by Valerie Renee)

Voters in 34 counties across the state will be heading to the polls today.

They'll be voting on a variety of issues but mainly tax policy.

Voters in Southeast Georgia's McIntosh County will be considering a special sales tax to fund education programs.

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds, if approved, would generate almost $9 million over the next 5 years for local schools.

McIntosh School superintendent Tina Kirby says the E-SPLOST funds bring in needed revenue.

"It's a way that everybody contributes to public education other than just property owners," says McIntosh School superintendent Tina Kirby.

The tax would allow McIntosh County to renovate current facilities, expand technology and build a new elementary school.

"We're getting ready to put in new conditioners and a roof. A new roof. We need new a roof because it's leaking," says Kirby. "And then painting and just bringing it up to the 21st century as much as possible."

Southeast Georgia's Camden County residents also will head to the polls to decide a 1% sales tax increase that would raise $65 million over the next 6 years for projects including communication facilities and improving hurricane evacuation routes.

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