When the final votes were counted, Chattooga County residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Education Special Local Option Sales Tax.  The money from the tax will be used to construct a new gym for Trion City School System and a new High School building for the Chattooga County School System.

76% of Chattooga County’s voters, voted in favor of the sales tax with 24% opposed.  Out of 1198 voters who voted in yesterday’s election only 310 voted against the measure.  The measure passed in every precinct of the county.  In the city limits of Trion the measure past by a vote of 87% to 13%.

ESPLOST didn’t fare so well in Whitfield County yesterday where the measure lost by a vote of 61% to 39%.  In fact, Chattooga County was the only county in Northwest Georgia where voters approved the sales tax for education.

Chattooga County voters appeared to have agreed with the local school boards that the money was needed for the local school systems.  The tax will not be an increase in sales tax, but rather a continuation of the tax that has been in place for around 15 years.