Over Five Hundred Vote Early on Sales Tax Referendum

April 28, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

A total of 520 DeKalb County voters have cast ballots with one day left of early voting on the proposal to increase the local option sales tax from 1.5% to 2.75%.

A total of 70 voted on Friday, April 27th including personal appearance and by mail ballots, 21 voted on Saturday, 36 -Monday, 46- Tuesday, 38- Wednesday, 44-Thursday, 42-Friday, 31-Saturday, May 5th, 34-Monday, 31-Tuesday, 41- Wednesday, 57-Thursday, and 29 on Friday

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 continues through 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 hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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?

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