Since 1996, school systems in Georgia have been allowed to place a referendum before taxpayers for an Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST or SPLOST) that has enabled school districts across the state to build and renovate schools, upgrade technology and reduce long-term debt without adding additional tax burden to the local system's property tax owners.
The Stephens County Board of Education has called for a referendum for citizens to consider the continuation of a SPLOST for education (E-SPLOST). The question will be on the March 21, 2017, elections ballot.
SPLOST V REFERENDUM
DATE: January 8, 2017
EFFECTIVE: JANUARY 1, 2018
Projected Total Stephens SPLOST Receipts (5 years): $18,500,000
- Retirement of 2016 Bond Series that helped fund the renovation of the facilities, equipment upgrades, and infrastructure
- Repairing, renovating, extending and improving existing schools and facilities including agriculture and technical programs
- Acquisition and/or replacement of HVAC, system security, equipment and furnishings
- New buses to replace existing older models
SPLOST I TOTAL RECEIPTS: $15,252,937 COLLECTED
SPLOST II TOTAL RECEIPTS: $16,956,571 COLLECTED
SPLOST III TOTAL RECEIPTS: $16,983,594 COLLECTED
SPLOST IV TOTAL RECEIPTS: $15,847,661 COLLECTED TO DATE