December 3-- The Toombs County Commission voted to approve the Inter-Governmental Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding for the continuation of the 1% Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) which expires on December 31, 2020 during their called meeting Monday night.
Toombs County Manager John Jones said, “The 1% SPLOST is basically a tax that allows local governments to buy capital items. It cannot be used for operating expenses. It cannot be used for salaries or anything like that. It can only be used for capital purchases that are identified in the referendum. This is just a referendum to continue that 1% sales tax.”
Jones added, “Fortunately in our community, we are a regional retail hub and so a lot of the sales tax we collect are from citizens outside our county helping to pay for our capital improvements.”
The funds received from the SPLOST are divided between the cities of Vidalia, Lyons, and Santa Claus, along with Toombs County. The percentages that each receive will change slightly from the last SPLOST. “As you know we’re fixing to build a courthouse and expansion to the jail and the plan is to pay for it through sales tax so those percentages have been renegotiated,” said Jones. He added, “the county will get more than it had previously gotten to go directly toward paying for the courthouse and jail expansion.”
“The City of Vidalia will receive 31.72 percent, the City of Lyons will receive 11.98 percent, the City of Santa Clause will receive .65 percent, and Toombs County will receive 55.65 percent,” said Jones.