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Lula, Gillsville will benefit from transportation tax passed in Banks County
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Gillsville City Councilman Roy Turpin - photo by Scott Rogers

A transportation sales tax vote passed Tuesday night in Banks County, meaning more money for two cities that straddle the Hall-Banks line — Lula and Gillsville.

The special purpose local option sales tax referendum passed Tuesday, May 22, with 55 percent in favor.

The tax would raise no more than $15 million overall over five years, with Lula getting $165,427 and Gillsville getting $29,316.

Lula plans to use its money for resurfacing, sidewalks, signs, intersection improvements and equipment.

Gillsville Mayor Roy Turpin has said his city would like to use the money to go toward building a road connecting Church Street to Old Gillsville Road. The overall project could cost $258,000.

The mayor of the town in far east Hall said he was pleased with the vote.

“Any money we can get, as far as roads, will help us tremendously,” he said. “It will be a few years before we get all the money, but this will go a long way to help us (connect the roads).”