By a narrow margin, Cobb County voters on Tuesday passed a special local option sales tax that will amount to an estimated $492 million in funding.

The extra penny sales tax has been in place for years, funding transportation, park and maintenance projects. Supporters said SPLOST helps keep taxes down in the county. But critics argued the new SPLOST would only help the county keep up with things such as building maintenance and road repairs, adding that county leaders have become addicted to the supposedly temporary tax.

Channel 2 Action News reporter Ross Cavitt visited several polling locations Tuesday and reported a low turnout. The sales tax passed by 79 votes, according to the county’s website.

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