The 2012 SPLOST passed 2,069 to 926, or 69.08 percent to 30.92 percent, during the municipal and special elections in Gordon County.
The 1-penny sales tax will fund projects like a new parking deck downtown and upgrades to the county courthouse. Also included in the pre-determined project list are a new county health department building and additional fire station, as well as improvements to the Calhoun utility system and the city recreation department.
Fairmount, Resaca and Plainville will also see SPLOST money for new municipal buildings (Fairmount); a new recreational park (Resaca); and recreation department upgrades (Plainville), among other projects.
The City of Fairmount's referendum for issuance of licenses to sell distilled spirits by the drink also passed 131 to 94.
Al Edwards was reelected to serve on Post 2 of Calhoun’s City Council with 953 votes to opponent Lorene Potts’ 311 votes.
Incumbent Eddie Reeves pulled ahead for a 690 to 572 win in the Calhoun City School Board Post 4 race over Trey Pierson.
In the Calhoun City School Board Post 5 contest, voters chose Debra Moyer over incumbent Tony Swink in a 676 to 593 race.
Troy Brant Talley took the Resaca Town Council Post 1 seat with 70 votes over incumbent Jimmy F. Brown’s 25 votes.
Resaca Town Council Post 2 went to incumbent Jean Makonis with 64 votes compared to opponent Johnny D. Brown’s 31.
Harry Pierce will serve another term as Fairmount Mayor with 122 votes to Steve Brannon’s 111.
In the closest race of the night, the contest for Fairmount City Council Post 2 resulted in a runoff between Larry Rogers, with 91 votes, and incumbent Linda Sledge Johnson, with 89 votes.
Jeff Crook, the third candidate in that race, trailed with 46 votes.
The runoff between Johnson and Rogers will take place Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Fairmount Community Center. Early voting begins the week of Nov. 28; early voters can cast their ballots at Fairmount City Hall.
Incumbent Calvin Watts was the clear winner in the Fairmount City Council Post 4 race with 142 votes to Jerry Mauldin’s 85.