Only nine percent of county registered voters and 13 percent of registered voters in City of Eastman Districts 1 and 5 voted on November 5, 2013.
The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum on the county ballot only had 1,002 of the 10,874 registered voters to place their vote. The one percent (1%)
SPLOST referendum will be imposed on all sales and uses in Dodge County for six years. The referendum passed 765-237.
The current one percent sales tax will expire in October 2014.
Political newcomer Milton Johnson defeated incumbent Floyd Walker for the City of Eastman District 1 city council seat, 41 to 23. Walker, who was appointed by the Eastman City Council to fill the unexpired term of his wife, Idele, will continue to serve until December 31, 2013.
In District 5, incumbent Prince Dawson retained his seat by beating political newcomer, and wife of the late city councilman in District 5 David Rawlins, 28 votes to Willie Belle Rawlins’ 20 votes.