In a special election on Tuesday, voters approved Dawson County’s proposed $60 million, 6-year Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), giving the green light for dozens of county projects to take place over the next six years.
Although turnout was significantly lower than the series of elections that were held in 2020 and early 2021, less than 5 percent of the county’s registered voters, citizens overwhelmingly cast their ballots in favor of the SPLOST VII proposal.
With 100 percent of Dawson County precincts reporting, but results not yet certified, election officials say that 829 votes were cast in favor of the proposal and 228 votes were cast against it.
During the three-week early voting period, 584 county residents came out to cast their vote for the single special election ballot item, the Board of Elections reported.
The $60 million, 6-year SPLOST VII proposal was approved by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners and Dawsonville City Council earlier this year, without an intergovernmental agreement between the two entities.
SPLOST VII has a number of different projects and purchases associated with it, including funds for the construction of a new emergency 911 center and public health building, money for facility renovations and upgrades, equipment purchases, road repair projects and park improvement projects.
Dawson County Elections and Registrations Director Glenda Ferguson said that the county will certify results from this election on Monday, March 22.