6:37 pm March 26, 2010, by Nancy Badertscher
Voters could give school systems a new source of revenue under legislation that cleared the House on Friday by a vote of 136 to 19. The legislation calls for a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, would broaden the uses for the education sales tax, also referred to as the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or ESPLOST). Currently, the money has to be earmarked for construction projects. But the constitutional amendment would allow school boards to put before local voters an ESPLOST that would earmark the proceeds to pay maintenance and operation expenses or reduce property rates, said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Butch Parrish (R-Swainsboro).
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