WHY SCHOOL BONDS ARE PUT ON THE PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOT INSTEAD OF THE GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT
May 14, 2018
ELOST (Education Local Option Sales Tax) is on the ballot for the May 22nd Primary election (early voting going on now). This ELOST is for $9.9M of obligation debt the School Board wants to use to build a new stadium complex. They are hoping this tax will pass with less than 10% of the people voting.
There is always light turn out during primary elections, so that is when our leaders put ELOST and SPLOST on the ballot. Most people have no idea what they are voting on or just don’t vote at all.
According to the legal ad, this new debt will start in 2020 and go through 2035. Since this ELOST will only be for 5 years, there will have to be 3 consecutive ELOST approvals to pay off the entire debt.
The legal ad is long and most people don’t or won’t read it, but people think this $9.9M will go to upgrade the schools. From everything we have heard, this money will go to the new stadium complex—the acquisition of textbooks, computer hardware and software, band instruments, and classroom upgrades will be further down the line.
The School Board is confident this new debt will pass, as they are already in the process to start bidding on the athletic complex as you can see by the start date of June 2018.
As we saw posted on a facebook comment—people just keep voting to tax themselves to death.
We urge you to Be Informed, then vote!
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed, can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.