Madison County voters will be asked to go to the polls March 15 to vote on renewing a one-cent sales tax (E-SPLOST) for upgrading school facilities.
Interim superintendent Allen McCannon said Feb. 9 that the first focus for the funding is finish paying for the current middle school, which was constructed several years ago.
“If voters decide to continue our sales tax, the first priority will be to pay off the new middle school with E-SPLOST funds,” McCannon said. “The board of education has also decided to not initiate a new bond referendum. This change means that Madison County taxpayers will no longer be charged a bond millage; therefore, property taxes should be lower. If voters do not decide to continue the sales tax in a referendum, the M&O millage (property tax) would be have to be used to pay off the new middle school.”
Next, administrators plan to focus on renovating and expanding the core of the high school, which comprises the oldest part of the building, such as the current media center, front office areas, cafeteria and oldest classrooms.
“Replacing the high school core is the top priority,” McCannon told the school board at Tuesday night’s business meeting. A new addition with 48 classrooms is also planned.
“Everything (being considered) is based on general estimates and is tentative,” McCannon said. “When an organization is doing projects that require major renovations, specific budgets are difficult to create in early planning stages.”
There are also tentative plans for a new high school gymnasium, but McCannon said that would only be considered during “phase II,” after other renovations were complete.
Renovations are also planned for Comer Elementary School, including the construction of a new media center. The current media center would be turned into two classrooms and another new classroom would be constructed, along with modifications to the existing hall and computer lab areas.
"If voters do not decide to continue the sales tax in a referendum, the M&O millage (property tax) would be have to be used to pay off the new middle school."
SO those again with conservation tax seem to be able to let rest of us pay. I do not mind paying for true farm subsidy but my view which may be wrong is that maybe the tax break used by those not deserving. Wish paper would look into this as others suggest.
let paper check it out tax idea above. I vote for that. may shut people up or as with back property tax owed may get people who are paid by our tax dollar to look into this. When back property tax problem got going we collected money from those that could pay.
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02/18/11 at 08:12 AM
No real idea of above 2 posts ? Are taxes not paid on homes with ? 10 to 15 acres of land not used for growing chickens ? If case seems not right. Maybe need Paul Harvey moment of " rest of story ". Paper due article on this my vote.