Polls are open until 7 p.m. as voters countywide consider a SPLOST renewal, while in Pembroke residents will decide whether or not to grant a Freeport Exemption.
SPLOST is an extra 1 percent sales tax that municipalities can use for capital improvement projects. If approved, the new cycle is expected to raise about $33 million over six years. Of that money, the county would receive about $18.8 million, while the cities of Richmond Hill and Pembroke would get $11 million and $3.2 million, respectively. The money is divided based on the percentage of population within the county.
The exemption means that e-commerce fulfillment centers that locate in the county will not pay local inventory tax on items held at such centers for 12 months or less as long as the location is used to pack, ship, store or process tangible personal property sold my electronic means and does not allow customers to purchase or receive goods on-site. The exemption was passed countywide a year ago and Richmond Hill voters will consider the measure in 2018.
Please see http://www.bryancountyga.org/government/departments-a-g/elections for a list of precincts and polling locations.