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The Athens-Clarke County SPLOST 2020 referendum was approved by voters on Nov. 5, 2019. (Photo/Jason Born)

A set of construction and infrastructure projects are coming to Athens-Clarke County after the Special Local Option Sales Tax 2020 referendum passed on Nov. 5.

The 1% sales tax was approved with 78.4% of the 8,978 ballots cast. The referendum, occurring outside of a presidential or midterm election, however, had a turnout of just 12.54%.

Among the 37 projects approved are big-ticket infrastructure items such as the Space Facilities Modernization project to renovate the courthouse and its annex, an affordable housing project including the redeveloping of Bethel Midtown Village and a Classic Center Arena project.

The three projects’ budgets exceed $30 million each and accompany a list that drew both praise and skepticism going into Tuesday’s vote.

Also included on the approved list is a project for the construction of an East Side Public Library.

The full list of SPLOST 2020 projects can be found here.

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