The school system is gearing up for the E-SPLOST referendum vote, scheduled for March 21 at the new elections office on Rock Quarry Road. Early voting begins Feb. 27 and runs through March 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The one-cent sales tax referendum extends the current one-cent sales tax and if approved, will fund continued bond payments on the recent high school construction and renovations at Comer Elementary.
Superintendent Allen McCannon told the board of education Tuesday night that by using the E-SPLOST funds for capital improvements, the millage rate on property taxes has remained stable at 16.99 since 2007.
He said based on current projections the majority of the funds will have to be used to continue paying for previous construction, not new construction. He said any additional funds collected over the bond payments could be used for items that will be listed on the ballot (such as a fine arts center).
“Based on current projections, the chance of generating substantial funds over the required payments is unlikely,” he said.
McCannon said if the E-SPLOST is not approved, the school system would have to find additional revenue, likely through an increase in property taxes.
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