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Sales tax, growth panel on county agenda
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The Liberty County Commissioners meets Wednesday to finalize the arrangements of the special local option sales tax to start next year and to officially call the tax referendum for Nov. 4.
If approved, the sales tax will be collected to March 2015 and produce revenue estimated at $51 million.
The draft resolution calls for the county's portion of the sales tax revenue to be spent on acquisition, construction, and equipping of a new Justice Center for Liberty County and a new public library; repairing, replacing, constructing and maintaining various drainage projects in the county; vehicles and equipment for county-wide fire protection; acquisition of property; construction and renovation of recreational facilities including recreational equipment; improvements and expansions of the Liberty Annex East End by renovating the old Liberty Elementary School building, including demolition, parking, establishment of a library and a swimming pool; renovation and improvements to the courthouse; architectural plans for expansion of the jail; expansion, renovations, and repair to the record retention center including a new roof; capital improvements to MidCoast Regional Airport; construction of a new animal control facility; new technology and upgrading of the county communications system; and public safety and hospital improvements, including necessary demolition and the construction of a new EMS station and purchase of new ambulances.
The largest single proposed expenditure item is $14.9 milion for roads. Each of the six municipalities will receive a portion of the revenue based on its population.
The commission is also expected to consider joining an area partnership to plan for growth on Fort Stewart.
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