CAIRO — The Cairo City Council voted Monday evening to sign on to an agreement to call a transportation special purpose local options sales tax (TSPLOST) referendum.

The intergovernmental agreement with Grady County and the City of Whigham, which the city council approved, unanimously authorizes the county elections superintendent to call a referendum on the issue of imposing a new 1 percent sales tax. Revenues from the tax would be used solely for the purpose of funding transportation-related projects.

An estimated total of $15 million in revenue over five years would be split three ways, with Cairo receiving $5.7 million to be used for projects such as repairing and resurfacing roads.

City officials already have identified several projects that would be funded by the TSPLOST, including improvements along South Broad Street and continuing with the city's street resurfacing master plan.

Council members voted unanimously to approve the intergovernmental agreement.

Once all three parties have signed on to the agreement, it will be submitted to the elections superintendent for the TSPLOST to be placed on the May 19 ballot. The Grady County Board of Commissioners already voted to approve the agreement last week, and the Whigham City Council was scheduled to consider the item Tuesday evening.

If approved by voters in May, the TSPOST would be in effect for five years beginning this September.

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