SPLOST has more opposition than 2006, but still passes easily in Chatham County

All the votes have yet to be counted, but the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) in Chatham County will continue with another round from 2014 to 2020.

I’ve written extensively about the tax over the last few years. As I noted in a previous post, I voted yes today.

At the moment, the vote is 14,287 for and 11,104 against. That’s 56.3 – 43.7.

In 2006, when the current SPLOST collection was approved, the vote was 14,277 for and 9,407 against. That’s 60.3 – 39.7.

In conversations in recent days, I had had the impression that relatively few yes voters from 2006 were going to vote no this time around — but that was just an impression. And that 2006 vote was so overwhelming that the opposition would have needed to increase pretty dramatically.

We’ll get a final tally sometime later tonight, tomorrow, or in a few days, but preliminary glances at the various districts in the county and the breakdown by precinct suggest only a handful of neighborhoods where SPLOST was overwhelmingly opposed — and many where it was supported by wide, wide margins.

Lots more in future posts and columns, no doubt.