Want to offer an early “Yes” or “No” on renewing the one-cent tax for county improvements?
Well, you can visit the Madison County Registrar’s Office beginning Monday to cast an early vote. The referendum on renewing the one-cent tax is set for Nov. 5.
Madison County leaders expect to bring in $12.39 million in sales taxes over six years if the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) is renewed. Over half of the money — $6.49 million or 52-percent — will go to road improvements.
The tax, if renewed, will fund water, sewer and road improvements at the county and city levels. There will be purchases of ambulances and patrol cars. There will be equipment and vehicle upgrades for local volunteer fire departments. There will be radio upgrades for the county 911 center. There will be facility and equipment upgrades at the recreation department. The transfer station will have equipment improvements. And more money will be tagged for renovating the upstairs of the old county courthouse. The county currently has $90,000 set aside from the 2008 SPLOST for those renovations.
No reason is needed to vote early/advance. However a valid photo ID is required. The last date to vote in the registrar’s office for early/advance voting will be Nov. 1 — no exceptions. Voting hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Citizens who are unable to take advantage of early/advance voting will need to go to their normal voting precinct on Election Day.
Applications for absentee ballots are available at the board of registrar’s office and the secretary of state’s website, www.sos.ga.us.
Voters may also access information on the county’s website through the board of registrars’ link, www.madisonco.us, and view the MVP icon.
In order to receive an absentee ballot by mail, an application must be completed and submitted to the registrar’s office for verification. No ballots will be mailed out after Friday, Nov. 1.
Citizens must show proper identification when voting in person either at the registrar’s office or their polling precinct. Acceptable forms include: a Georgia Driver’s License, even if expired, a valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the US Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state, a valid U.S. passport, a valid U.S. military photo, a valid tribal photo ID, or any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).
For more information, call the registrar’s office at 706-795-6335.