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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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.

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).

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?

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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