With a very low 9.9 percent turnout, Pickens voters overwhelmingly approved the SPLOST in the November 5 election, with almost 68 percent of the voters casting ballots supporting the sales tax.
In all 1,468 people voted in favor of the 6-year plan expected to produce $37 million in one penny sales tax to fund road paving, parks and pay off development debts at the airport in addition to public safety funding and some money for the cities.
The SPLOST was the only countywide race on the ballot and overall only 2,212 people voted in either early voting or at the polls Tuesday out of 22,335 registered voters.
Commission Chair Rob Jones, who waited on the results at the Pioneer Road elections office, said in a brief comment that he was very pleased with the results as “it will allow us to proceed on schedule with our development.”
In other action: Jasper and Talking Rock voters said serve me bartenders with both municipalities approving alcohol ordinances. In Jasper 71 percent of the voters were in favor of earlier serving times on Sundays for restaurants, moving it up to 11 a.m.
And in Talking Rock 10 voters said yes to allowing businesses to serve alcohol by the drink while 2 cast negative votes.
Check back at this website tomorrow for Nelson city council vote totals.