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Long renews sales tax for schools
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An addition to the Tibet Road-Long County Fire Department has become the voting precinct for that area because of concerns with traffic on a curve near the old poll. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The Long County ESPLOST one-percent sales tax passed overwhelmingly Tuesday — 351 to 13 or more than 96 percent approval.
Elections Superintendent Marie Middleton said 125 people had voted absentee and in advance, which she said was good.
But on Tuesday, only 239 eligible voters cast their vote.
There are 4,530 registered voters in the county so overall turnout about 8 percent.
The ESPLOST was authorized in Georgia in 1985, and gave local counties the ability to establish a local sales tax to fund capitol projects.
The ESPLOST in Long County funds education programs and raises the same amount of revenue, that would be taken in by raising the property tax rate by 2.3 mills, officials say.
In other voting news, the Tibet Road Voting Precinct in Long County was opened in Tuesday’s election.  
The Number 5 Precinct had been located in a different location on Tibet Road, where there had been concerns voiced about the dangers of voters stopping and traffic not slowing down when they were pulling into the area.  There also were several things that needed to be repaired at the old precinct, including replacing the well pump.
The new voting precinct is now at the Tibet Road-Long County Fire Department.  An addition was built onto the side of the fire station to give the department more space and to furnish a safe place for voters.
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