As the courthouse clock struck 8 p.m. Tuesday, the final precinct's votes were announced in the courtroom. All eight Pike County precincts voted against SPLOST. A total of 1,297 citizens voted no and 989 voted yes.
Disappointed citizens streamed out of the courthouse after the results were posted.
"I think Pike County citizens are going to regret this," said EMS Ken Riley. "Taxes are going up. There was a lot of misinformation and scare tactics from the opposition."
Vocal SPLOST opponent Gary Hammock was pleased with the results.
"I think it's very good. I think they're going to be getting the message."
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