It’s a little early to call it a trend, but for the first two months of 2010, Jackson County’s proceeds from the local option sales tax are well ahead of the 2009 pace.
Fiscal analyst Logan Propes reports that the county has taken in $187,057 more for the first two months of 2010 than for January and February of 2009, an increase of 27 percent.
“Our budgeted FY 2010 goal for local option sales tax receipts is $5,200,000,” Propes wrote in a memo to public officials. “We have collected two months of receipts for 2010 plus the pro-rata distribution. As such, LOST is $14,377 or 1.66 percent above the FY 2010 budget for the period.”
FY 2010 began July 1 and ends June 30.
The county’s check for January was 6.78 percent over last year’s similar check, while the check for February sales was up 52.6 percent ($466,281 this year compared to $305,418 last year).
I believe that Jackson County should approve the upcoming SPLOST referendum.
Mr Beardsley wrote that “…for the first two months of 2010, Jackson County’s proceeds from the local option sales tax are well ahead of the 2009 pace.” It’s up 27 percent actually.
I believe that Jackson County could expect the same increase in proceeds from a new SPLOST referendum.
Shane Short and the Chamber of Commerce promise an aggressive campaign in support of SPLOST passage.
It will need an aggressive campaign. Last week Mark Beardsley wrote, “While previous SPLOST referendums passed easily, that was then – this is now.”
“Things have changed,” agreed Mr. Short. “There is sort of an anti-government, anti-tax sentiment out there.” Sort of? SORT OF?
I read that trust in government is at an historic low of only 22%. Mike Buffington wrote that “Taxpayers are angry with government, from their small town city councils all the way to Congress and the White House.”
And the sad part of all this is that while the County needs the SPLOST money, it may send a no-trust message by refusing the referendum. That is not the way to send the message. That is cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Vote for SPLOST. But Buffington is on target when he said to use it to pay off County debt. No new debt. No new roads. No facility expansions. No amphitheaters. No excuses. If SPLOST can be reined in that way, then the taxpayers’ message has already been received. Jack