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.
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: