Fri., October 4, 2013 3:25pm (EDT)

Chatham Voters To Decide Tax
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 6 months ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
A local sales tax could be in trouble for the first time in more than two decades.  (photo Total Aldo)
A local sales tax could be in trouble for the first time in more than two decades. (photo Total Aldo)
Last year's T-SPLOST vote is energizing anti-tax forces as Chatham County approaches another sales tax referendum.

A local sales tax could be in trouble for the first time in more than two decades.

Chatham County voters have approved a penny sales tax to fund local projects six times since 1985 with handy margins.

But former Chatham County Chairman Billy Hair says this year it's an uphill fight.

He says the transportation vote weakened the sales tax pitch.

"I think it's a combination of that plus the fact that there's been controversy about not building what was scheduled to be built," says Hair.

The last time county voters approved the tax, it included funding for a new arena.

But it was never built since the tax didn't raise enough money.

Supporters say the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or SPLOST funds traffic, tourism and public safety projects while keeping property taxes down.

Chatham County Commissioner Priscilla Thomas says she supports the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or SPLOST because its funds traffic, tourism and public safety projects.

"You have to do what you need to do because if not those who have property bear the burden of taxes," says Thomas.

The vote is November fifth.