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Your Library and SPLOST


On Nov. 5, Chatham County voters will decide whether to renew the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for a six-year period. If the referendum passes, Live Oak Public Libraries will receive $5 million to create a new Oglethorpe Mall Library, which was built more than 35 years ago. In Chatham County, SPLOST has funded more than $1 billion worth of projects since voters approved the first referendum in 1985. Nearly $400 million has been paid for by visitors who live outside the county. Even though almost 40% of the sales tax is paid for by visitors to our area, all of the proceeds directly benefit the citizens of Chatham County by funding critical local projects without increasing property taxes for residents. (Note: Any costs related to SPLOST and Live Oak Public Libraries are paid for by the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation.)

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SPLOST project and referendum information

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Recent WSAV story on SPLOST and the Oglethorpe Mall Library