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POSTED: August 9, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Keep the penny rolling.

That’s the campaign slogan of the Bryan County SPLOST Advisory Committee, a group formed in mid-April of residents from North and South Bryan to help promote the benefits of the special purpose local option sales taxes for the county, as well as Richmond Hill and Pembroke.

The group met Thursday morning at Bryan County Fire Station 7 on Hwy. 204 in Ellabell to discuss the tax that will be decided by voters in November.

Committee Chairman Ray Pittman said Bryan County Commission Chairman Jimmy Burnsed approached several members of the Richmond Hill community to be on the committee and asked Pittman to serve as the chairman.

“The leadership within the county felt it best that a committee be formed to promote SPLOST and get the information out to the public about what SPLOST has done and also what the future SPLOST will do,” Pittman said.
Pittman added that after learning of the committee, both Pembroke Mayor Judy Cook and Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler jumped on board.

Cook solicited other members from the Pembroke area, including Jana Smolinski, who said she has enjoyed working on the committee thus far to promote the importance of SPLOST.

It’s been a truly wonderful experience and I’ve gotten to know a lot of people throughout the county,” she said. “I think the elected officials have been very open and forthcoming, and it’s great to be involved and see that side of your elected officials.”

Read more in the Aug. 6 edition of the News.

 

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