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Dawsonville and Dawson County to discuss SPLOST 7 at joint meeting

At a joint meeting of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners and Dawsonville City Council next week, local officials will take the first steps towards passing the county’s next special-purpose local-option sales tax, SPLOST 7.

According to a county press release, the meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020, in the Dawson County Government Center Assembly Room. 

The release states that officials will discuss the allocation of SPLOST 7 tax proceeds and possible projects that could be included in the referendum. 

“We feel certain that a lot of good is going to come out of this meeting,” Dawson County Commission Chair Billy Thurmond said while discussing the upcoming meeting on Friday. 

Thurmond said that SPLOST projects are likely to include upgrades to public safety, technology and local road projects. 

Thurmond added that in addition to the projects and allocation of SPLOST funding, they also hope to determine a possible date for the referendum. 

When asked about the meeting, Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason said that he hopes that people will come to watch the meeting or watch from home, so they know how important the projects will be. 

“People need to know how important SPLOST is for the county and city,” Eason said.

According to Eason, the regular passage of SPLOST is a “critical part of keeping taxes down” for city and county residents. 

“The great thing about this is that 80% comes from outside of this county,” he said. 

The Dawson County Government Center is located at 25 Justice Way in Dawsonville. This meeting will also be streamed online.