The Power of a Penny!
Thank you to our community for your overwhelming support to continue the one-percent Education SPLOST sales tax for our schools: 78,750 voters for a total of 73% said YES to the continuation… more voters than the four previous Ed SPLOST successful votes combined!
We also want to thank our community for its support of our School Board’s stand against the Amendment One state-takeover of schools… 60% of the State voted NO, with an even higher 61% in Cherokee County voting NO.
(Note: Election results are “unofficial” pending official certification)
Every vote matters… and we appreciate your support!
Watch this video to learn more about Ed SPLOST.
Cherokee County’s 1-percent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (Ed SPLOST) shows what a penny can do when invested by a community into the success of its schools!
A blue-ribbon committee of business, civic and elected leaders in 2001 recommended our community use an Ed SPLOST to build a better Cherokee County School District. Voters agreed and since have voted twice to continue the Ed SPLOST.
The Ed SPLOST is up for renewal again: in Early Voting this fall and on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016.
Please see the headings below to learn more about the main six areas in which we invest Ed SPLOST revenue: Construction, Renovations, Technology, Transportation, Land Acquisition and Debt Retirement.
Here is a link to the Cherokee County Elections Office for additional voting information. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 11; Early Voting begins Monday, Oct. 17.
Here is a link to the Ed SPLOST referendum language that will be on the ballot.
Here is a printable factsheet about the Ed SPLOST.
Here is a message from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower about Ed SPLOST. Thanks to Around Canton, TowneLaker and Around Woodstock magazines for sharing this information with the community!
The renewal will fund… new construction including a 24-classroom addition at Mill Creek Middle School, a 20-classroom addition at Woodstock Middle School and an auxiliary gym for PE classes at Woodstock High School.
CCSD has invested Ed SPLOST revenue to… expand and renovate older schools to ensure that every child attends a safe, well-lit and updated school… no matter their zip code. Here is a link to a list that includes just a few of these many projects.
The renewal will fund… renovations at schools Districtwide ranging from new roofs to HVAC upgrades. A major renovation is planned to replace grass in all high school stadiums with artificial turf in order enhance safety for student-athletes and efficiency of usage and upkeep and free up $110,000 a year spent on maintenance to instead be spent in classrooms. Here is a link to a list of projected infrastructure needs that would be funded by the renewal.
CCSD has invested Ed SPLOST revenue to… construct technology infrastructure not only in classrooms, but also underground, to provide students and teachers with the hardware, software and connectivity needed for success.
The renewal will fund… technology-related infrastructure and equipment to further academic achievement and increase operational efficiency. With little State funding for technology, Ed SPLOST remains the main revenue source for this expense.
CCSD has invested Ed SPLOST revenue to… purchase numerous new school buses to replace those that have logged a lifetime of miles.
The renewal will fund… the replacement of at least 30 aging buses a year over the next five years. This is another area for which Ed SPLOST serves as the main source of funding.
CCSD has invested Ed SPLOST revenue to… acquire land on which CCSD schools have been built in recent years, as well as to buy up sites for several more schools in the path of growth.
The renewal will fund… continued purchase of future school sites to stay ahead of growth, as residential development quickly returns to our community. This is another area for which Ed SPLOST serves as the main source of funding.
CCSD has invested Ed SPLOST revenue to… pay off the “mortgage” incurred by the necessity of building so many schools to answer our county’s rapid growth. This debt will be fully retired by 2033, and the projects planned as part of the renewal won’t extend this timeline. You can read more about the status here.
The renewal will fund… continued retirement of bond debt. Without the Ed SPLOST, the property tax rate would increase in order to fulfill this obligation. The Ed SPLOST allows for this cost to be shared by visitors and residents alike pay based on purchases instead of through a property tax increase.