SPLOST, take IV

Will you support SPLOST IV?

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Clayton County Public Schools is asking residents to vote for an extension of SPLOST III (expiring Dec. 31) for another five years to help fund various school projects. A SPLOST tax has been in place since 1997 here, which adds one penny onto every dollar spent on taxable items.

According to the ballot, SPLOST IV will pay for “…the costs of acquiring, constructing, and equipping one new 6-12 charter school and nine new auxiliary gymnasiums (each for an existing high school), the costs of completing one new elementary school currently under construction, the costs of acquiring land for future schools, new school buses and upgrades to existing school buses, and instructional and administrative technology improvements for existing schools, the costs of adding to, renovating, replacing, repairing, improving, and equipping existing school buildings, existing stadiums, and existing performing arts center, existing administrative, transportation, and maintenance facilities, and other buildings and facilities useful or desirable in connection therewith, and the costs of acquiring any necessary property therefore, both real and personal …” All improvements are expected to cost no more than $280,250,000, maximum.

If SPLOST IV does not pass, the only other way to fund these projects is through a bond referendum, which means property owners alone could foot this bill. According to Chamber of Commerce President Yulonda Beauford via the Clayton News-Daily, up to 70 percent of SPLOST revenue comes from people living outside of the county and travelers passing through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. If rejected, CCPS will have to try again in 2010.

Advance voting begins Tuesday, Sept. 8, absentee voting has already started and the special election will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Will you support SPLOST IV? Why or why not?

REMINDER: CCPS Superintendent Edmond Heatley is hosting a series of public forums throughout September. The remaining dates are as follows:

  • Thurs. Sept. 10 at Charles Drew High School (6237 Garden Walk Blvd., Riverdale)
  • Wed. Sept. 23 at Morrow High School (2299 Old Rex Morrow Rd, Morrow)
  • Wed. Sept. 30 at Mt. Zion High School (2535 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro)

57 comments Add your comment

raja

September 15th, 2009
10:22 pm

Clayton County schools left a message on my phone saying we could lose accreditation if we don’t
pass SPLOST IV. . I”m glad I voted no.. How dare up try scaring citizens by saying accreditaiton could be lost. Please explain to me what one has to do with the other.

Know before you speak

September 15th, 2009
11:11 pm

People, please become educated on the subject when submitting comments. Cageygal, did you know that our wonderful Governor Sonny did not fund the Homeowner’s Tax Relief Grant (HTRG)for this year? This grant reduced homeowner’s taxes. Homeowners were given a credit for that on their tax bill in the past few years. No longer are we receiving this luxury. THAT is the reason our property taxes increased. Please get a copy of your 2008 tax bill and you will see there is a line on there that shows a deduction for this item. Then look at the tax bill you received today. I bet you don’t see it there. Then we, the taxpayers, blame the school system, which is exactly what “our” Governor wanted. Due to this, the taxbill for a home valued at $100,000 will increase from $300-$350. Even though the millage rate is at the max of 20 mils, the revenue generated from current home values will not be the same as last year. Did you know that property values in CC decreased in total by over $200 million? Please attend School Board meetings, read the newspapers, listen to the news, pay attention to what is going on at the Dome when our Legislators are in session beginning in January. You will then be able to make better decisions. I pray that citizens in our county will step up and become informed and do their research instead of sitting on their lazy behinds and just complain about what they really don’t have a clue about.

I also hope SPLOST passed; otherwise building new schools and renovations/upgrades to existing facilities will most definitely fall solely on Clayton County property owners, as bonds will have to be issued to fund these items and we will then have another millage for repayment of the bonds.

What you deserve

September 16th, 2009
9:55 am

After the gross mismanagement of taxpayer dollars, mismanagement that was at the least unethical, and quite possibly in many cases illegal, what does ClayCo choose to do?

Give the system even more of your tax dollars!

Is there any doubt that ClayCo is getting the school system it fully and richly deserves?

HLS

September 16th, 2009
12:55 pm

Thanks to those who voted in yesterday’s – 3 to 1 margin.

cvusd teacher

September 17th, 2009
12:51 am

Anyone who wants to get an idea about what can happen with the new Clayton County School District management team, please feel free to read this and realize that you need to watch things closer than ever.

http://www.dailybulletin.com/davidallen/ci_12816666

Good luck with them both, it will take years for us to recover.

Karl

September 18th, 2009
11:17 am

Two things…the vote was not well publizied, but that is not an excuse for not voting. Everyone in this County who gives a damn needs to stay current on events. That is why we lost School Accreditation and we have other issues.

Only 3500 voting is less than 5% of the electorate. At my poling station 87 of around 3500 people voted or around 2.5%. This is apathy at its finest and then everyone want to complain that the issue passed.

As with other elections, votes, etc. If you do not participate in the voting, keep you mouth shut.

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