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November 13--  Governing authorities in Toombs County have agreed on how they will share the cost of building a new county courthouse and expand the county jail in Lyons.

Initial cost estimates for the project are in the $34 million range with a bond issue to repay the debt over a 20 to 25 year period, according to Toombs County Manager John Jones.

Authorities plan to use Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) revenue to finance the annual estimated debt service costs of $1.6 million.

According to an annual payment plan worked out between elected officials in Toombs County, Vidalia, Lyons and Santa Claus, Toombs County would pay 59.31% ($949,000), Vidalia 28.13% ($450,000), Lyons 11.56% ($185,000) and Santa Claus 1% ($16,000).

Voters will vote on extending the SPLOST for another six years next March.