Tuesday, March 06, 2007

City Supports One-Cent Tax For Schools

Milton City Council recently approved a resolution in support of extending the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Fulton County Schools.

Voters go to the polls on March 20 to determine if the one-cent sales tax should be continued for another five years. SPLOST was first approved by voters in March 1997 and renewed in March 2002. It has raised almost $1 billion in revenue, which is used to fund capital improvements, with an estimated 40 percent of those funds coming from people who live outside of Fulton County.

The school system has used SPLOST revenue to build 29 new schools including four inside the City of Milton – Cogburn Woods and Summit Hill elementary schools, Hopewell Middle School and Milton High School – and additions at 18 other schools, including a science addition at Crabapple Middle School. SPLOST III would fund 14 new schools and classroom additions at 11 schools, as well as pay for technology updates, equipment and bus purchases, and debt relief

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