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E-SPLOST passes Fountain wins council

 Pickens voters overwhelmingly said yes to a sales tax to fund school needs, including a new middle school, in the Tuesday election. 

  Voters approved the school SPLOST 771 to 445 in an incredibly light turnout of 6.7 percent of registered voters.

  School Board chair Mike Cowart said the solid approval for the SPLOST,  projected to collect $30 million over five years, shows voters prefer to fund school construction and other needs with a sales tax.

  In the only city race, Tony Fountain won a third term on the Jasper Council taking 66 percent of the ballots over challenger Kirk Raffield. Fountain won 164 to 82.

  Fountain thanked everyone for their support during his campaign.

[A later report from the election's office gave slightly revised figures from a report released last night. The change didn't affect the outcome of either race. The figures in this story are the final figures.]