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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


September 8th, 2009
12:03 pm

Rather than the SPLOT…Clayton County Schools need to lower administrative costs a lot and use some of the reserves as the rest of us have had to meet our budget and maintain our home. Do more with less!!


September 8th, 2009
1:40 pm

I am so tried of the PAST and Present School Board Members and their Central Office in wasting our tax dollars, I will vote against the SPLOT and will do so until we can get a group of school board members that can do their jobs that they all was elected to do.


September 8th, 2009
5:49 pm

Nothing like cutting off your nose to spite your face.
The schools need to be maintained, 65% of the money will come from the airport – another 5% or more from people buying in our county. I do not know about you but I would rather have other people helping us attain this money – than to come back later and the residents of the county have to foot the whole bill. The people of this county stood up for the kids when accreditation was lost and got things done. Please do not turn your back on these same kids now.

Mom of Stroke survivor

September 8th, 2009
6:06 pm

I will be voting for the SPLOST. I would rather continue to spend .01 on the dollar than have my property taxes raised. I think I can afford a penny for every dollar I spend. Plus Clayton County residents are not the only ones paying, everyone who visits our great county (think of all the race visitors who purchased items in our county this weekend, that was a lot of tax revenue) pays that tax.

Wishful thinking is happening here if you believe that because the SPLOST was voted down that administrative costs would go down or that the central office would not waste tax dollars. Two things will happen when the SPLOST is voted down: 1) Property taxes will go up and 2) student services will be cut. With two little guys in the public school system, I can not vote against the SPLOST.

Mark Elgart

September 8th, 2009
9:15 pm

The plutocrats cost the school system 44 million dollars educational funding, now they want us all to pay the cost for the upkeep of the same school system they “Just” a year ago. No to any more SPLOST.

M. G.

September 8th, 2009
9:19 pm

I will not vote for another Splost! I am having a hard enough time keeping my meager earnings in my pocket so I can pay my bills. CCPS is top heavy! There is no reason why administrators are making $150,000 plus per year with the way our schools are performing! Ask them to do more for less before asking me!!!


September 8th, 2009
9:46 pm

I will vote “no” and will encourage my neighbors to also vote “no.” Interesting that one blogger would suggest that services to students would be cut BEFORE administrative salaries, should the SPLOST not be approved.The Clayton School district is a “jobs program” where the leadership and staff have no interest in educating children or responding to taxpayers. Examine the salaries of your workforce and reduce the number of people you employ. Clayton has 48,000 students and is one of the state’s largest employers, as listed by Atlanta Business Chronicle. How can you employ 8,000 people and pay many of them ridiculous salaries for an inferior instructional program that fails students. Where is the outrage from the taxpaying citizenry? And while we are on the subject of employees, with 8,000 people, why are there no secretaries to answer phones? Why is it that when you call the Central Office, the secretaries have voicemail on? You can call 10 times (heaven forbid you call on a Friday) and not get a human to answer the phone. You will not get a dime from me until you improve the quality of instruction and the quality of your employees. You can begin with the Central Office and Jonesboro High, where there has been no accountability for years! And THEN come back and ask taxpayers/consumers for money.


September 8th, 2009
9:48 pm

Would rather many pay one cent when I choose make a purchase than a certain group,the shrinking pool of homeowners, foot it for all..


September 9th, 2009
7:35 am

this why i dont shop in clay co

Larry OKeeffe

September 9th, 2009
11:02 am

Ladies and Gentlemen:

The School Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is up for continuation. The current SPLOST III expires on December 31st. This tax is already in existence this is not an additional or new tax. The expenditures that this tax supports are for infrastructure, buildings, roofs, equipment, buses, and other capitol improvement expenditures, not for teachers, or administrators. These are dollars that need to be spent; the only question is whether they will come from, sales tax revenue or property tax revenue. Sales Tax revenue comes from every dollar spent in Clayton County and a majority of those dollars are spent by non-residents. Clayton County has kept its school taxes low by not issuing construction bonds. Most current residents do not know that construction bonds are paid for with tax dollars collected in addition to the 20 mil tax the BOE levies. Many surrounding counties have financed their construction projects with bonds issued against inflated property values. Now they are having difficulties meeting the payments on these bonds because their tax digest has shrunk. Whether you are happy with the current Board or not it makes sense to continue this tax. Failure to pass this ballot item will result in higher property taxes and or deteriorating school infrastructure. .

VOTE YES ON SPLOST Tuesday September 15. (see attached flier)

Special elections traditionally have low voter turnout. I spoke with the elections office this morning and things have been extremely slow. A low voter turnout means that impact of each vote counts 10+ times what it would in a high turnout general election. Make your voice heard, Vote and do not let it be said that Clayton County citizens don’t care.

Advance voting is now open at the Elections and Registration office located at 121 S. McDonough Street, Jonesboro, Ga. The office is located on the first floor of the old court house, now thru Friday from 08:00am till 7:00pm. The remote advance voting locations are not open for this election. You may cast an advance ballot for any reason. All regular polling locations will be open Tuesday September 15th for you to cast your vote.

Pray for our Schools
Larry O’Keeffe


September 9th, 2009
1:46 pm

Not an extra penny!!!

SACS Watcher

September 9th, 2009
8:25 pm

Whaaaaaaattt another SPLOST! The advantaged cost the school system 44 million dollars in educational funding earier this year, now they want us all to pay the cost for the upkeep of the same school system they “Just Destoyed” a year ago. No to any more SPLOST. Do right with the money you already got!

The Watcher

September 9th, 2009
9:25 pm

Pray for Larry O’Keeffe Schools, however I can’t “TRUTH” how you will spend the money! You and the CCBOC & E are not responsible with the taxpayers dollars or pennies for that matter. Answer me this? Have the county spent the last SPLOSTs on what they intitallly proposed? Answer: No No No No. This is to try to rectified your last failure that cost the children well over 44 million Dollars. Hold Eyes can “SEE”!

Watch the Money

September 9th, 2009
10:12 pm

The school system proponents say the roofs of 40% of the schools are in disarray! If we approve a SPLOST for school repair, we know the money “Won’t be spent for its intended purpose, there’s a “Hidden Agenda”. No minority, women owned, or disabled veteren constuction company will receive any portion of the SPLOST money! Only the ole confederates will profit, like alway! These are the same people who paid for and profitted from the accreditation debacle! Which cost the school system well over 44 million dollars; we won’t forget this!


September 10th, 2009
12:26 pm

As Mr. O’Keeffe already stated there is a Splost already in place to handle “infrastructure, buildings, roofs, equipment, buses, and other capitol improvement expenditures” and this current Splost is to continue what is in place and expires 12/31/09. I will support the vote to continue the current Splost if they will address the following -

1. Setup a page on the current Clayton BOE website that details how much money comes in with the Splost and what projects need to be completed and their cost.

2. Place the bidding process for contracts on the same BOE website for EVERYONE to see. Let the public see who, and how much the bids are for.

3 a. Address the lowering of operating costs for schools i.e; water and electricity and how that can possibly lower taxes on the citizenry of the County.

b. Discuss how the incorporating of green technology such as solar panels and grey water recycling.

You Have Got to be Kidding

September 10th, 2009
2:19 pm

Well if the community won’t decide to use the 1 cent SPLOST then raise taxes a millage point next year. Then you can have a fit and won’t have any control. And don’t say word when you wonder why your child is in a trailer for the next 5 years! You get what you get…. Some of you can’t see the forest for all the dang trees in your way.


September 10th, 2009
2:21 pm

The school system has reached their limit in the state allowable mil rate. They will have to find ways to cut. If they do not cut adm costs fire the school board!


September 10th, 2009
4:49 pm

(((Won’t be spent for its intended purpose, there’s a “Hidden Agenda”. No minority, women owned, or disabled veteren constuction company will receive any portion of the SPLOST money!Only the ole confederates will profit, like alway)))

Another closet racist. Just come out and say it! Why do you just hint at it? Its so obvious.LOL!

Rev Billy Bob Whiskey

September 10th, 2009
4:56 pm

The SCHOOL SPLOST – has to – BY LAW – go to the purpose voted on. You must be thinking of the County Comissioners and their one cent and-on NOT the SCHOOL SPLOST. The SCHOOL SPLOST was for building schools – and schools were and are being built. The SCHOOL SPLOST up for vote now is for maintainence on the older schools and other improvements for our kids. Know the facts before you just blow off steam with no knowledge of what is really going on. JT – ya just cannot control yourself – can you. Besides Watcher – JT – over 70% will be paid by people other than Clayton Co. reidents. That, my friends, is a bargain.

Oh Please

September 10th, 2009
8:21 pm

Please,”closet racist” caused the accreditation crisis and 44 million dollars in educational funds loss! Fair and Impartial contracting “IS” a Federal Mandate!


September 10th, 2009
9:46 pm

I do not care who they use for the work – I want this for the kids. Fair and Impartial does not mean 100% of the work has to be non-white non-male. This is a red herring excuse. Trotterites abound.
Amazing that for the many words you write – just how little sense you make.
The loss of accreditation and 44 million can be traced back to the last board as you said ,BOE last year – and its foolish MACE members and sympathizers. This BOE and this superintendent need our help and our prayers to help our children actually graduate and become something more than just a drag on society.

The SCHOOL SPLOST – past and present – have to – BY LAW – only spend the money as is outlined in the SPLOST vote. It cannot be used any other way. For some on this blog to lie about this – shows just how pathetic their arguments are.

Read my Lips.....

September 10th, 2009
10:49 pm

This is a new tax, that’s why it is called SPLOST 4 and not SPLOST 3 (continued). Think of it like getting another car same make and model after your old one died. You may use it for the same purpose and it may be the color and have the same options, but it is not the same car. They said taxes would not go up if the other SPLOST was passed and they did. They already tax the max mil rate now and they want more. No, I have a budget and they should work within theirs. Before all these SPLOST started, previous BOC and BOE members made the money work and they should now. Also, Clayton is a very small county, how many different schools do we need? Stop buying all this land and build multi-story schools instead. Unless the property is for investment when and if Clayton comes back from its current state. I smell another shady land deal.

I am not opposed to trying the SPLOST next year, but give tax payers a break in the meantime.

MACE to blame

September 10th, 2009
10:53 pm

Everybody knows MACE members Ericka Davis and Rod Johnson were the ones to blame.

Clayton County Taxpayers Union

September 11th, 2009
12:25 am

The Clayton County Taxpayers Union urges a NO VOTE on the SPLOST! Over 56% of promised upgrade expenditures promised for the last SPLOST vote are unfulfilled.CCPS must learn to do what we have all learned to do and tighten it’s belt to do more with less. CCPS can’t spend it’s way out of fiscal distress, this is a proven track record of failure. Streamline the administrative office and other areas that are not “Learning” critical.



September 11th, 2009
1:56 am

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September 11th, 2009
2:11 am

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2:14 am

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September 11th, 2009
4:11 am

I will not vote for SPLOST!

Other Taxpayer

September 11th, 2009
9:02 am

More BS – this time from the so-called CC tax union – false witness is unbecoming, even for a pseudo-organization. How do you feel about Obama’s trying to SPEND the country out of “fiscal distress”?

At this point – Clayton County School system finances are not insurmountable. Much better place than is the future of the U.S. in which an administration that in 10 years – by thier own admission, will double the national debt, that it took over 40 Prsidents and 230 years to accumulate.

When all studies show that more than 70% of the money to be raised by this School SPLOST will come from other sources than Clayton taxpayers – why would these nay-sayers and false fact pushers be against it. What most people, who can think, would say – this is a no-brainer. Homeowners should go vote YES on the SPLOST on Tuesday – or the next thing will be another large addition to your property tax bill – just because you did not take the time. Parents of these deserving kids of Clayton should not fall back in the mode of apathy – your children deserv the chance at a better future.
Those fighting against the SPLOST have seen their influence on the BOE seriously diminished. Sowing dissension is what they do. Do not fall for it.

Peggy Sue Davis

September 11th, 2009
9:31 am

Vote NO to the SPLOST. They are only going to waste the $$$. Hmmm, still paying THREE Supers – Healey, Thompson, Pullnium, two staff attormeys, central office, cirruculum specialists, and management staff, etc etc,….

If the SLOST fails, they will just have to cut their budgets like we all do! They cannot raise taxes without first going before a Republican Governor and Capitol to have the state minmimum rate hiked. Guess what? They wlll LOSE as all counties would then be able to RAISE their school-based property taxes. If the CCBOE can’t run a POOR performing school, ‘barely have acrediation’ system on half a BILLION (YES, as in B), then who can?? Thorwinh goood money after bad! Follow the $$$$$!

Let them all eat cake! MAKE DUE LIKE WE ALL DO!


September 11th, 2009
10:06 am

It is absurd to keep extending SPLOST. Government has an insatiable hunger for every cent you make. It keeps asking for more and more while giving less and less. We have had many students leave this county due to the horrible school board so why are we still looking at building more schools.
Once a tax is enacted it never seems to go away. I remember when sales tax in Clayton County was three percent and when it was raised (to fund schools) they said it would return once the schools were built. That has been almost 25 years ago and not only has it not gone back but it has increased. VOTE NO!!!!!

clay co

September 11th, 2009
10:14 am

closet racist is responsible for all evil in the world. you heard it here first.


September 11th, 2009
11:23 am

I’m voting FOR it. Those against, please reread HLS, Okeefe and Rev Wiskey; and I also agree with ‘Mom of’, and especially with Illuminate. We need to let the board know that there should be controls in place; per Illuminate’s post. To repeat: 70% is paid by ‘outsiders’; eg the airport and race fans. It’s a ’special’ option, meaning it must be spent on the stated objectives-building mtc, etc. It has NOTHING to do with paying past nor present superintendents (or any other salaries). Yes, the budget should be looked at for cost savings. Yes, the admin needs to be looked at for possible cuts; eg too many hi-priced instructional ’specialists’, etc. Yes, the board has wasted money on past supers, etc. But, this SPLOST has nothing to do with admin costs. As has been stated, ‘..don’t cut off your nose to spite your face..’ It’s a good deal to have others pay for most of these (past due) projects instead of homeowners (renters can be included because landlords raise rates when their taxes go up).

PS: What is this continual rant here about $44 million? I’d like to hear it from someone else besides the usual one or two posters; eg from Kimberly, Mr Okeefe or even the Rev. Thx

Clayton County Taxpayers Union

September 11th, 2009
12:47 pm

You obviously did not do your homework. The SPLOST is MARKETED to the public under false assumptions and promises. CCBOE must trim spending..Period! Have you taken the time out to analyze the budget? I think not. Rest assured every few years we will be asked to agree to be taxed more. It would be nice if I could walk into my employer’soffice and demand more money whenever my ends don’t meet. As far as the BOE paying three past supers, this is the tip of the iceberg. The BOE has been paying inflated prices for land, supplies and just about everything else. At what point do we say enough! NO! take your hands out my pocket and trim your budget accordingly. 5 Million dollars could easily be saved if the BOE had the will to do it.

As far as OBAMA spending out of fiscal crisis….I voted for McCain!!

Hate to say we told you so!

Shannon, M.Div.

September 11th, 2009
9:00 pm

I hope the SPLOST passes on behalf of my grandmother, who still lives in Riverdale.

Folks, you *do* realize that residents don’t get to vote on a property tax increase, right? If SPLOST doesn’t pass, property taxes go up, simple as that. To put it another way, when you see SPLOST on the ballot, read it like this: “Dear resident, if you want the tax burden to fall solely on the homeowner, click no. If you want the tax burden to be shared between homeowners and those who spend money in the county, click yes.”


September 12th, 2009
11:35 am

SPLOST is for building and infrastructure…Period. If you are in doubt, go visit some of the schools with 10 trailers (portable classrooms) parked in a muddy lot, offices the size of a closet, libraries the size of a classroom, bathrooms with bad plumbing, no gymnasium for rainy days, or no computer labs.

Yes, there have been issues with bad land deals and questionable bidding. That needs to be dealt with as a separate issue. But, without the SPLOST, building improvements will come to a halt until they find a way to raise property taxes. The schools that are overcrowded with kids in trailers won’t get new wings to accommodate the overflow. We’ve been paying the extra penny SPLOST tax for years to improve the physical condition of our schools. Many schools and students have benefited from the upgrades. Let’s at least keep this positive aspect of CCPS on track!


September 12th, 2009
11:38 am

Jborodawg, you did cut off your nose to spite your face… when you lobbied to get rid of the old BOE, which caused a “Domino Effect”, on the school system and the county. State and Federal funding was cut to the tune of 44 million dollars for school funding in Clayton. Don’t believe me; archive the AJC and News Daily. SACS sanctions was Draconian = unjustly harsh or severe, in light of CRCT cheating and well over 57 illegal BOE meeting in Cobb all in the metro area! Chauvinistic


September 12th, 2009
2:49 pm

I think this wonderful new board, and this wonderful new superintendent are doing such great things, and have turned around the system so quickly that Clayton should completely trust them with their money.

If Clayton is going to be completely committed to this new board and this new superintendent, no criticisms of either should be tolerated.

Clayton County Taxpayers Union

September 12th, 2009
4:04 pm

Property taxes will be raised anyway!!
You can bet the bank on it!!

Forest Park Proprty Owner

September 13th, 2009
4:44 am

First of all, CCPS is building these gigantic warehouse schools. Unless and until they plan to build many smaller schools, staffed by teachers who understand and can competently teach SUBJECT MATTER instead of mouthing empty platitudes fed them by the “education” degree programs, I’ll vote NO on any more pork. Get this money to our county’s kids in the form of a REAL education, instead of thinly-veiled Bible study and “teaching”-to-the-test on the taxpayer’s dime.

Clayton County Taxpayers

September 13th, 2009
11:34 am

HLS says “The SCHOOL SPLOST – past and present – have to – BY LAW – only spend the money as is outlined in the SPLOST vote. It cannot be used any other way. For some on this blog to lie about this – shows just how pathetic their arguments are”. That “NOT TRUE”, CCBOC collected SPLOST for “SIX RECREATION CENTERS” but only built “FOUR”, we can’t TRUST you! YOU LIE!

Lunny Gawn

September 13th, 2009
8:21 pm

I want JT’s attention so much. I even stated that Ericka Davis and Rod Johnson were MACE members (really GAE members). I hope that this will get his attention. Please. I want his attention so badly. Pray for Larry O’Keeffe.


September 14th, 2009
12:36 pm

CCTaxpayer – Do you have the brainpower to understand – the CCBOC splost was from the County Commissioners. That is a completely separate deal from the School SPLOST – Go after your commissioners not after our children. Go to the commish meetings and voice your concerns to them, if you are man enough and leave my kids alone. I think you will find the 5th recreation center is now in the work – near Jonesboro, some things take a little time I think I can trust them to finish with the 6th. The law does not say all monies have to be used BFORE the SPLOST ends but that the SPLOST money has to be used for the purpose stated. After all you cannot snap you fingers and have land and a building appear. My previous statement stands. Your argument is invalid.


September 14th, 2009
5:22 pm

To CC taxpayer It may strain your brain – but listen up – the rec center SPLOST was from your County Commissioners. That splost had nothing to do with the SCHOOL SPLOST. You should man-up and attend Commissioners meetings and give ‘em a piece of your mind. Hold their feet to the fire – and leave my kids education alone. Do not confuse the two different SPLOSTs. If you look around – you will find the 5th center is going in near Jonesboro and the 6th will be near Lovejoy. Read the SPLOST from the commissioners carefully. I think we can trust that money collected will go to the proper place. The law says the SPLOST has to be used for the purpose voted on. It DOES NOT say that the money collected for the SPLOST has to be spent before the SPLOST collections end or to your arbitary timeline. I hope you can understand the subtle difference there. My statement about the school SPLOST stands and your arguments are still unpersuasive on the School SPLOST.


September 14th, 2009
11:24 pm

HLS, just like I said, you did cut off your nose to spite your face… when you lobbied to get rid of the old BOE, which caused a “Domino Effect”, on the school system and the county. State and Federal funding was cut to the tune of 44 million dollars for school funding in Clayton. All you’re trying to do is recoup the money you expended to disenfrachise voters and have your buddy the Klan governor and SACS to discriminate and cost the county 44 million in educational funding. SACS sanctions was Draconian which means unjustly harsh or severe punishment, in light of CRCT cheating and well over 57 illegal BOE meeting in Cobb all in the metro area; and NOTHING DONE by SACS! Chauvinistic against Clayton county! Admit it, it was a costly political move! “YOU PAY FOR IT; WE WON’T!


September 14th, 2009
11:54 pm

HLS, you said leave my kids education alone; you’re such a lair! It’s not about the majority (96%), the Lil black kids, it’s about you and your Lil white contractors, what lost their jobs. When you lobbied to get rid of the old BOE, which caused a “Domino Effect”, on the school system and the county.You won’t do right with SPLOST IV. 96% of the children parents “CAN’T” get contracts with the county school system, even though they pay the majority of the SPLOST! NO HLS, and NO to Your SPLOST IV! It’s “NOT” Fair & Impartial!


September 15th, 2009
1:35 pm

The majority of the SPLOST – over two-thirds – will be paid by the activity at the Atlanta airport. Think . . .Think . . .Think

Apparently you would rather whine about not having contract money in your own pockets. Do you really think that is better than a more secure future for the 45000 little black kids (your words) in our school system who will become better educated, responsible, self-reliant individuals. A little self-centered – aren’t you.

Your supposed “domino effect” started with your friend JT and Nedra’s BOE back around 8 years ago. That is irrefutable.


September 15th, 2009
3:01 pm

I will NOT vote for SPLOST. Go ahead and tell me if I don’t that my property taxes will increase! I’ve got news for you – I received my property tax bill today and it INCREASED $200 anyway!!!!!

Not another dime!!!! I’m sick of this crap. Crooked BOE, crooked Commissioners. The more money we pay, the more corrupt they become.

Kiss my sweet patootie, you bunch of crooks!!!!!

Eyes Wide Open

September 15th, 2009
9:16 pm

HLS, Amazingly you didn’t think of the 45,000 Lil black kids when you the 44 million dollar loss in educational funding last year. Beside, the so-called SPLOST IV is supposedly for ROOF REPAIR! Right, yah, right it’s a recoup your buddies for a “Multimillion Media Blitz last year. ROOF REPAIR Yeh right.


September 15th, 2009
9:18 pm

HLS, Amazingly you didn’t think of the 45,000 Lil black kids when you caused the 44 million dollar loss in educational funding last year. Beside, the so-called SPLOST IV is supposedly for ROOF REPAIR! Right, yah, right it’s a recoup your buddies for a “Multimillion Media Blitz last year. ROOF REPAIR Yeh right.


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?


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.


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


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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