Over Five Hundred Vote Early on Sales Tax Referendum

May 12, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

A total of 562 DeKalb County voters cast ballots from April 27th through May 12th on the proposal to increase the local option sales tax from 1.5% to 2.75%.

Here's how the voting breaks down day by day: 70 voted on Friday, April 27th including personal appearance and by mail ballots, 21-Saturday, 36 -Monday, 46- Tuesday, 38- Wednesday, 44-Thursday, 42-Friday, 31-Saturday, May 5th, 34-Monday, 31-Tuesday, 41- Wednesday, 57-Thursday, 29 -Friday, and 42 on Saturday, May 12th.

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.

The special election day will be Thursday, May 17th. The polling places at all sixteen precincts will open at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Lisa Peterson, Administrator of Elections reminds you that the polling place for Temperance Hall has been moved from the Temperance Hall Community Center. The new polling place is the Temperance Hall Methodist Church located at 113 Hayes Ridge Road.

Peterson adds that all voters should present some form of identification when they arrive at the polls to vote.

WJLE will have LIVE coverage of the election returns Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. on AM 1480 and FM 101.7 and LIVE audio streaming at www.wjle.com

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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