Richmond County schools SPLOST passes easily

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 9:56 PM
Last updated Wednesday, March 7, 2012 1:10 AM
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Schools in Richmond County will get $140 million in upgrades in the next few years thanks to the continuation of a 1-cent sales tax approved by voters Tuesday.

The fourth round of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax passed with 72.9 percent of the vote. The tax, which has been in place since 1997, adds one cent to all purchases made in Richmond County.

Richmond County Board of Education President Alex Howard said the tax is the only way the district can pay for much-needed renovations to local schools.

“It’s reassuring to see that the voters have recognized how important the SPLOST is, not only to the local school system but also to our local economy,” Howard said.

The previous round of taxes paid for millions of dollars in improvements at schools and new technology. At the same time, 40 percent of the tax generated was from those visiting from outside the county, while 90 percent of the projects have been completed by local vendors, Howard said.

Voters on Tuesday said improving schools was well worth the sacrifice of 1-cent on purchases.

Earnestine McKie said with several grandchildren in the school system, she knows the importance of contributing to education.

“If it’s going to help the children’s education, improve the upkeep of the buildings, then why not?” she said. “It’s just a penny. If the Lord blessed you with a penny and you’re doing great things, then why not?”

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/07/12 - 12:49 am
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Fell for it again didn't you

Fell for it again didn't you RC. They will be back to get another "penny" soon. And it's not a penny. It's $20 extra when you buy a refrigerator. Combined with the rest of the sales taxes and the extra penny they want for Transportation SPLOST, it's $160 extra for a fridge or $2400 on the average new car.

And what are you getting for your "penny"? One of the worst performing school systems in the United States. Oh yes, we have a bunch of nice shiny new glass and brick buildings. We can run the illiterate children in the front door and out the back and say yes they are still dumb but ain't that a pretty building we built with that penny.

irishfarmer
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irishfarmer 03/07/12 - 01:38 am
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This is sickening. I agree

This is sickening. I agree fell for it again. Well more taxes again. Auguta will never wake up. What a shame support democrats and again more tax increases and then complain that th people are mostly broke in richmond county. well hope you are not suprised my fellow richmond county neighbors. yall trump my republican vote every election and guess what our taxes go up and we have the worst elected officials as a group. Great job! Ever heard of anything like a fair tax or a fair tax system or no nedd for a tax that makes no sense like this 1. Guess not. Just foolish and down right stupid.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 03/07/12 - 02:52 am
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who are these local vendors?
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who are these local vendors?

Tots
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Tots 03/07/12 - 03:06 am
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Only one saying comes to mind

Only one saying comes to mind right now and that would be>> Stupid is,so stupid does,and boy how these stupid voters keep doing the same stupid things..

Louis E. Svehla
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Louis E. Svehla 03/07/12 - 10:42 am
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dichotomy: I do not get on

dichotomy: I do not get on here often and try to justify or defend anything, and I have no reason to try to change your mind about your feelings about the sales tax, but I must correct your math. Assuming a new car is $24,000, the tax is $240 not $2400. Same for a refrigerator. The tax would be $16 on a $1600 refrigerator not $160. It is 1 cent not 10 cents.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/07/12 - 09:02 am
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Because there were no

Because there were no Democrat party contests on the ballot, the overwhelming preponderance of people asked for a Republican ballot yesterday. That fact is what makes the 73% in favor of the school tax surprising and disappointing to me. These Richmond County Republicans look very much like tax and spend Democrats to me.

Here we had a chance to vote for lower taxes and we blew it. It does not bode well for July when there will be a new "penny" tax on the ballot to build shiny new roads all around the region.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 03/07/12 - 09:20 am
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mr. svehla, it really dosen't
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mr. svehla, it really dosen't matter if it is 240.00 or 2400.00 the voters fell for you slick public relations campaign convincint them "the need for improvements to the schools" when what is really needed is improvement in educating the children. tell me sir how can a brand new building improve graduation rates, crct test scores (except for johnson, davidson, and walker), at one point one of your 2 worst performing schools was considered the 2nd worst high school in the entire state of goergia. tell me sir how can a brick and mortar building reduce the drop out rate, especially amount black males who at one time rich cnty schools had the 6th highest drop out rate for black males in any school district in the entire country regardless of the size of the schol district...the drop out rate for black males was higher then the school district of detroit michigan (we are talking percentage wise). this penny spolst is nothing more than an additional funding source to now allow the district to continue paying high administrative salaries to education bureaucrats without having to use its current funds (generated from property taxes for capital imporvements)to continue to develop wasteful and useless "programs" costing hundreds of thousands of dollars aimed at children who have no interest or motivation to learn while the poor taxpayers will foot the bill (via splost) for more outlandish capital spending projects. what failing high school gets a football/baseball/track or swimming pool instead of books next???? mr. svehla have you ever heard of the term "return on investment?"..if so then tell everyone do you think the poor taxpayers, especially the property taxpayers are receiving an adaquate return on their investment to the schools system (property taxes paid vs. net benefit returned by the school system), and if so would you please point it out because i don't see it, with the hundreds of millions of dollars you receive and the end result is the entire school district not making ayp(excluding johnson/davidson/walker) and the two worst schools in the district having consistantly low graduation rates and consistantly mnot making ayp please tell me and any other interested reader where is the benefit to society other than being a countywide babysitting service.....

Tots
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Tots 03/07/12 - 11:20 am
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Hi Little Lamb @8:02- I agree

Hi Little Lamb @8:02- I agree with this post..
I believe it's always going to look like that and be that way because of all the renters,over true property owners, that live and work here..

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 03/07/12 - 11:40 am
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I do most of my shopping in

I do most of my shopping in South Carolina. Glad my kids are finished this year. It took my son 3 months to get his books. His teachers wait until school starts to have their surgeries done. The substitute teacher falls asleep knitting in class, and of course the kids pull out their cell phones and take pictures of her.

Connor Threlkeld
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Connor Threlkeld 03/07/12 - 01:07 pm
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Sounds like some commenters

Sounds like some commenters would enjoy living in Aiken County, where voters recently massacred a property tax increase to improve schools by something like 70-30. And they weren't even focused on spending to build new gyms and football stadiums (with the exception of completely replacing overcrowded North Augusta High School).

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/07/12 - 01:49 pm
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Louis E. Svehla......you did

Louis E. Svehla......you did not pay attention when reading my post and my math is perfectly correct.

I spoke of this school tax, "Combined with the rest of the sales taxes and the extra penny they want for Transportation SPLOST", which brings the total sales tax to 8%. That 8% sales tax makes the tax on a new fridge, many of which cost $2000 or more, $160, and the tax on an average new $30,000 car would be $2,400. My point being that when they bring up these "just a penny" sales taxes, they are never JUST A PENNY. When combined with the rest of the sales taxes they add up to serious money. Death by a thousand cuts and we keep slicing ourselves a penny at a time because we are too stupid to do the math and ask, what about my income taxes, property/school taxes, gasoline taxes, and ad valorm taxes I already pay.

Louis E. Svehla
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Louis E. Svehla 03/07/12 - 01:53 pm
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dichotomy: Understood. My

dichotomy: Understood. My misunderstanding. It was still early. Thanks for the clarification and I fully understand your position.

Tots
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Tots 03/07/12 - 06:17 pm
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Another saying comes to mind

Another saying comes to mind and that would be ,"Trickle down effect"..
Only in reverse,instead of giving tax breaks to huge corporations,they are breaking the middle class with their taxations.We, the middle class don't or can't catch a break...So, yes this seems to be a trickle-down-effect in economics...Once the middle class is eliminated,will they have signs pointing to the cool-aid stand?

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 03/07/12 - 02:57 pm
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mr. svehla, what no answer
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mr. svehla,

what no answer to my questions?!?!?!?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/07/12 - 03:05 pm
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The politicians in charge,

The politicians in charge, liberal and conservative, know the truth. The truth is that the real money in this country, the money you can actually tax because it is constantly "moving", is with the middle classes and the poor. That's why they are pushing these SPLOSTS in recent years. That is where the money is. Democrats and Republicans both know that they cannot possibly take enough income tax from rich people to make a difference. If they could they would have already done it. They know that the real money is in the middle class who get taxed when they get it and taxed again when they immediately have to spend it to survive. The "tax the rich" slogan is simply that, a campaign slogan, but the people who hear it and take it up as a "cause" are simply too stupid to do the math and see what is happening and where the available tax money really is. They want to take it from the "rich" but the politicians, even our local yokels, know who has got the money they can get. And that is how SPLOSTs got invented. The politicians take all of your regular tax money, waste it, abuse it, fraud you out of it, spend it on things it's not intended for, and then they come back to you and say...MORE.... Then they tell you that it's for the kids because they need new schools or repairs.......and oh by the way, the roads need fixing or new ones built. Well guess what, we knew that already. That is why we gave you the school taxes and the income taxes and the property taxes and the gasoline taxes and the ad valorem taxes in the first place.....what did you do with them?

socks99
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socks99 03/07/12 - 08:03 pm
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When voters turn negative on

When voters turn negative on SPLOSTs, ELOSTs, etc., then law-makers will change the rules so that elected officials can simply levy the tax without a taxpayer vote. These were always gimmicks to pump-up public spending, and they still work. Of course, completely divorced from another burst of deficit spending to help the economy, remains whether or not school officials spend these borrowed dollars wisely; or whether previous SPLOST votes might work against legislators whence they are forced to offer austerity budgets.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/07/12 - 08:48 pm
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How much of these funds will

How much of these funds will be used to provide equipment and materials for arts programming in schools other than Davidson?

iLove
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iLove 03/07/12 - 09:03 pm
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Seriously...some people like
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Seriously...some people like to whine just because they can.

gagirl40
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gagirl40 03/08/12 - 10:10 am
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So dichotomy, by your

So dichotomy, by your reasoning we can assume you are against the fair tax.

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