Richmond County schools could seek 2011 SPLOST

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 11:37 AM
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The Richmond County School System appears to be on target to seek a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in 2011.

Jeff Baker of Hanscomb/GMK, a firm that is assisting with the district's building program, told the school board during a retreat last weekend that his firm and district officials have begun assessing all 60 facilities' physical condition.

School board attorney Pete Fletcher said if the SPLOST were passed in 2011, collection of the 1-cent sales tax would begin in July 2012. The district would likely issue bonds before the collection date to get a head start on paying for construction projects.

The school system is approaching the end of a flurry of projects funded by the SPLOST that expires in June 2011.

Those include the recently completed "IB Wing" and a new gymnasium at Academy of Richmond County, where the school board will conduct walk-through at 10 a.m. today, the replacement of Garrett Elementary, which is expected to be complete during this school year, and the new Vocational Magnet School, on which the school board awarded a $20.6 million bid Tuesday evening and which is scheduled to be completed by July 2012.

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Taylor B
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Taylor B 11/17/10 - 01:36 pm
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EXPECT OPPOSITION. We have

EXPECT OPPOSITION. We have been preparing for this for over a year. Anyone willing to hit the ground running against this irresponsible act email me at atctaylorb@yahoo.com

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Sweet son 11/17/10 - 02:45 pm
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Suggest retirements, lay off

Suggest retirements, lay off unnecessary board paper pushers, privatize buses, privatize vehicle maintenance, give teachers more furlough days, reduce Roberson's salary, privatize grounds maintenance, privatize building maintenance: just do some smart things but don't raise taxes. They have already proven that they know how to waste money. Taylor bust them at every angle!!!!
Fire the consulting firm!!!!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 11/17/10 - 02:43 pm
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Misspelled waste!

Misspelled waste!

Insider Information
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Insider Information 11/17/10 - 06:50 pm
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Will voters build more

Will voters build more football stadiums, more basketball arenas, more schools a quarter mile apart?

Taylor B
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Taylor B 11/17/10 - 07:43 pm
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Ten bucks says they have this

Ten bucks says they have this thing in the middle of summer when everyone is preoccupied...

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robelenj 11/18/10 - 08:11 am
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Correct me if I am wrong, but

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't SPLOST the special option local sales tax? I beleive you are already paying this tax now and the election is merely whether to continue this tax or not. There are only certain items that the SPLOST money can be used for and it is stricly controlled by these regulations. This money is necessary income for the schools and is above and beyond what the property tax covers.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/18/10 - 08:46 am
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There are no regular

There are no regular elections scheduled for 2011. Therefore, if the board approves this referendum, it will be the only item on a special election ballot. Taylor is probably correct that the school board will request a special election in June or July, when turnout is expected to be the lowest.

I am strongly opposed to special elections for tax referenda. I urge citizens to contact their school board member and demand that the SPLOST referendum be scheduled for the General Election in November, 2012.

Next step, contact your state representative and your state senator and ask them to sponsor a bill to REQUIRE all tax referenda questions to be voted on in general elections only.

NO SPECIAL ELECTIONS FOR TAX QUESTIONS should be the law in Georgia.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/18/10 - 10:05 am
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Some of the current school

Some of the current school SPLOST money was spent constructing a new gym and basketball court at Butler High School. It took on two-feet of water at the first heavy rainfall and ruined the new wooden floor. Taxpayers had to fork out over $100,000 extra dollars and file an insurance claim to fix the floor.

Maybe it is time to say NO to a future SPLOST referendum.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/18/10 - 10:10 am
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