DeKalb County voters will start going to the polls Friday to cast their vote on the proposal to increase the local option sales tax from 1.5% to 2.75%.
If approved, the overall state sales tax rate in DeKalb County would go from 8.5% to 9.75%, however the county commission has pledged to reduce the property tax rate by nineteen and a half cents.
The rate was increased by 39 cents last September.
Early voting on the referendum begins Friday, April 27th and ends Saturday, May 12th. The special election day will be Thursday, May 17th.
All early voting will be done in the basement courtroom of the DeKalb County Courthouse. Voting will be held every day except Sunday.
Voting hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursday hours are from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
On election day, May 17th, the polling places at all sixteen precincts will open at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
The wording on the ballot will read:
\"SHALL RESOLUTION 21-2-2007-1 PASSED BY THE DEKALB COUNTY COMMISSION ON FEBRUARY 26, 2007 PROVIDING FOR AN INCREASE IN THE LOCAL SALES TAX FROM 1.5% TO 2.75% WITH ONE-HALF (1/2) REQUIRED BY LAW AND THE REMAINDER AS PER AGREEMENT CONTRACTS, BE APPROVED?