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Voters to decide on bill to fund Historic Lowndes County Courthouse renovations

Posted at 6:20 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 18:20:05-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — In the heart of Valdosta lies a building that is easily recognizable: the Historic Lowndes County Courthouse.

Now, county leaders are pushing for renovations to be done and open the courthouse to the public.

Next month, voters will decide whether to pass SPLOST-8, an extra penny sales tax to help fund capital improvement projects. If passed, it will give $9 million for renovations on one of Lowndes County most iconic buildings.

The county commission chairman says this will help boost the economy not only for the county but Valdosta as well.

"We just felt very strong," said Bill Slaughter, theChairman of Lowndes County Commission. "It's in the center and the heart of Valdosta and certainly in Lowndes County as well and it is the center focal point of this community and so it was time to bring this building and this facility back to life."

If SPLOST 8 passes, it will last six years and bring in an estimated $134 million to be divided between each municipality in Lowndes County.