Happy Election Day! The voters of unincorporated Walker County have one issue to decide upon today: the renewal of SPLOST for another 6 years. It’s been a hot-button issue for folks after the defeat of both the GOP primary challenger and general election write-in challenger to the incumbent GOP county commissioner. The anti-incumbent folks and the local TEA Party seem to have taken the position that increasing property taxes is the preferred, more fair way of funding capital projects over sales taxes. Everyone has their own opinion on taxes, no doubt.
Voters in the cities of Walker County will be deciding on city leaders for the next four years in addition to the SPLOST referendum. LaFayette will be choosing a new mayor since 20+ year mayor Neal Florence announced his retirement…although his name has been floated as being a possible contender in the race to fill the soon-to-be-vacated seat of Representative Jay Neal (R-HD2).
The City of Fort Oglethorpe will be voting on new leaders and Sunday sales (again). There’s been a big kerfuffle over the past year about how the firing of the city’s public works director and police chief were handled as well as anonymous flyers being sent out to voters. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a number of fresh faces in the leadership of Fort Oglethorpe. Two years ago, churches in Fort Oglethorpe were encouraging their congregations and the surrounding community to vote against Sunday sales. The measure failed to pass, so it’s back up on the ballot. Not much has been said about the ballot measure, so it will be interesting to see if it passes or fails for a second time.
Voter turnout for Walker County and the City of Fort Oglethorpe are expected to be higher than normal for these types of elections.