DeKalb residents voted to approve a one cent special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) and a special homestead exemption while keeping two incumbents as city mayors during the Nov. 7 local elections.
Proposed by DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and the 12 cities wholly within the county, the SPLOST measure will increase the current sales tax from 7 percent to 8 percent in April 2018.
“For the first time in DeKalb County’s history, voters have approved a blueprint for success with the passage of the SPLOST,” said Thurmond. “We take this vote of trust seriously and will continue to work with our city partners on a better future.”
Eighty-five percent of the $388 million expected to be generated over the next six years for the county will go toward transportation projects, with more than $151 million for road resurfacing. The tax will also fund new fire stations and police cars as well as the renovation of parks, libraries, senior centers and health centers.
DeKalb cities will receive $249 million for projects within their jurisdictions, allocated by population. Each city has its own project list.
More than $110 million annually of the one-cent sales tax will go toward residential property tax relief. Also, homeowners will have their tax assessments frozen as long as the SPLOST is in effect.
The SPLOST referendum was approved by a vote of 69 percent in favor out of 66,001 voters.
In Chamblee, incumbent mayor Eric Clarkson was re-elected, receiving 54 percent of the total votes while in Clarkston, Ted Terry was re-elected with 58 percent of the total votes.
For more information and to see a complete list of election results, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov.