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Education SPLOST passes

In a very low turnout, voters here approved the continuation of the one-cent sales tax to fund education with 57 percent of the ballots in favor of the SPLOST.

Unofficial results from Tuesday's election showed 811 votes in favor of the SPLOST with 609 people voting against the sales tax.

The election saw less than 10 percent of the registered voters cast a ballot. 

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Anita
+7 #1 Anita 2011-03-16 12:43
Too bad, we are taxed enough already! People need to get out and vote. I am saddened by this result. NO MORE TAXES!
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Ron
+1 #2 Ron 2011-03-16 12:45
Does this include the early voters? [Yes, the final total was 811 yes to 609 no.]
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Wood
+10 #3 Wood 2011-03-16 15:11
Wonder how many people actually read what they voted in? Now us taxpayers get to build a NEW auditorium for the middle school. Auditoriums do NOT make better schools! Just more finacial responsibilitie s for the taxpayers.
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Anita
+4 #4 Anita 2011-03-16 16:43
If people want to have extra money for the schools for frivolous stuff, I am happy to let them donate their OWN money. Now our sales tax rate is as high or higher than good ole Taxachusetts. 8%--sickening, how people vote to use other people's money but not their own wallet.
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Big Easy
-2 #5 Big Easy 2011-03-16 21:14
It's better that everyone that passes thru our great county help pay for the improvements than put it all on the backs of the property owners!
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Anita
+6 #6 Anita 2011-03-17 13:38
You know, I am almost sorry I moved here. Had I known there were so many liberals ready & willing to take money from my pockets, I might have moved to a real conservative area. I love the area and having cows, horses & chickens as neighbors, but this constant mining for the people's money must stop. I will make it {and hubby also} my goal to stop this theft from our pockets.
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Misinformed
+4 #7 Misinformed 2011-03-17 20:53
Anita,

If I'm not mistaken... Pickens County is a 2/3rds majority Conservative party county???
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Wood
+13 #8 Wood 2011-03-18 13:24
You are right! Just makes it more confusing as to why the SPLOST passed! I might have voted for it if the money only went to pay off debt. Why our board is building more makes no sense what so ever!
Quoting Misinformed:
Anita,

If I'm not mistaken... Pickens County is a 2/3rds majority Conservative party county???
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justconcerned
+6 #9 justconcerned 2011-03-21 14:02
I have to say that I agree with both sides. Had we not approved splost, our property taxes would have went up. I don't know about yall but I am all for letting everybody share the burden, not just us property owners. However, what concerns me is how the money gets spent. And who we are letting in our administrative offices in charge of that money. Wake up pickens, ask questions. This is still a free country as far as I am concerned. Show the school board that we as a community want to know how each penny is spent.
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Steve
+4 #10 Steve 2011-03-21 22:02
What bothers me about the Splost is that some of the projects proposed are projects that should have been taken care of when the facilities were originally built or planned. It seems that the administrative offices are playing catch-up. I can't wait for the next Splost that will fund putting water fountains in the brand new wing of the high school where they forgot to design them originally... Now some of the projects proposed are needed for safety - ie.-another entrance for the High School - but then again, this should have been planned originally instead of playing catch-up to where now the BOE will have to purchase land, etc.. We need to hold the current BOE accountable for this money we are giving them and hope they are better stewards than previous BOE's.
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