If Lowndes, Tift, and Ware vote against it, and the other fifteen counties vote for it, that’s a majority.
As long as they reach 50% + 1 in voters.
Those three counties, which would probably be the three donor counties in this region… they could kill it for our region if it was a large turnout.
A large county like we could kill it for everybody.
The referendum is still on for July (during the primary, with less turnout) not November (during the general election).
The eighteen counties are: Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Pierce, Tift, Turner, and Ware.
Nolen Cox also had a good point that T-SPLOST would have counties taking over state and federal road maintenance. I think his solution is flawed, but it does hit on what T-SPLOST is really about: shifting all state and local government from property and corporate taxes to sales taxes. Sales taxes are the most regressive type of tax, since the poorer the taxpayer the more of income and wealth they pay in sales tax.
Here’s the video:
Lowndes, Tift, and Ware donor counties and majority
T-SPLOST Public Meeting, Southern Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 19 September 2011.
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).