Two races remain undecided in Harris Co., lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comMay 21, 2014 

Chattahoochee County approves SPLOST

Two races are still undecided in Harris County after Tuesday's election while voters in Chattahoochee County renewed a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax by a wide margin.

In the Harris County race for the District 2 Commission seat, Andrew M. Sivell and James R. Woods both had 384 votes. Officials are still waiting for absentee ballots before the election is certified.

Commissioner Rebecca Langston defeated Marcus Bice by a 480 to 306 margin with 61 percent of the votes in the District 3 race.

Incumbent Timothy Edgar was the leading vote-getter in the three-candidate race for the District 2 Board of Education seat but couldn't avoid a runoff. Edgar polled 420, or 47.5 percent, Morgan Marlowe had 335, or 38 percent, and Tammy Huling collected 129, or 14.5 percent, of the vote. The runoff is July 22.

In Chattahoochee County, 249 people voted yes and 73 voted no on the SPLOST on Tuesday.

County manager Thomas Weaver called it a big win for the people. He said much-needed work will get done without property taxes being affected or the government having to go into the general fund.

He said the SPLOST has been in place for about nine years. The sales tax will remain at 8 percent.

"There won't be an additional tax," Weaver said. "Everything remains the same."

The county plans to raise $5 million over the next five years. The Unified Government of Cusseta-Chattahoochee County wants to spend $1 million of the SPLOST revenue to retire debt; $1 million on roads and bridges; $1 million on buildings and grounds; $1 million on water and wastewater improvement; and $500,000 each on vehicles and gear for the sheriff's and fire departments, and on fleet vehicles and heavy equipment.

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