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Toombs Seeks ESPLOST Vote
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

November 15--  The Toombs County school board is asking voters to approve extension of a one percent local option sales tax for school construction.

The board approved a joint resolution with Vidalia City Schools at its November meeting.  

School Superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantley says the estimated $15 million dollars in sales tax revenue will allow the system to buy bonds to build a new high school and a new elementary school.

"Under our previous SLPOST we've been planning for a new high school and new Toombs Central Elementary School, but there's not enough money available due to the downturn in sales taxes to complete the schools as expected.  So we want to have a continuation SPLOST to guarantee money to complete the projects as designed under our prior SPLOST.  It's not an additional sales tax, it's a continuation tax so we can sell bonds to complete those schools as planned," he says.

Toombs Central was built in 1955 and was last refurbished 15 years ago.  Toombs County High School is overcrowded and has already been added onto twice, Dr. Brantley says.

Voters will have a chance to vote yes or no on the continuation of a penny sales tax in a referendum being called for March 6, 2012.

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