The 1-percent (penny-on-a-dollar) sales tax runs in five-year cycles. The tax cannot be renewed unless approved by voters.
The current SPLOST began in July 2009 and ends June 2014. If, on March 19, voters approve another five-year cycle, it would begin July 2014 and end June 2019. The tax is expected to generate up to $60 million.
The money will be divided up: Catoosa County, 80.1 percent ($48.06 million); Fort Oglethorpe, 11.9 percent ($7.14 million); Ringgold, 4.2 percent ($2.52 milliion); and Catoosa Utility District Authority, 3.8 percent ($2.28 million).
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