THANK YOU FORSYTH COUNTY VOTERS!!!
80% YES / 20% No
The 1% Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for Schools is an opportunity for Forsyth County voters to continue the current sales tax for another five year period in order to make payments on the voter approved 2005 and 2007 bonds.
If approved, the SPLOST would go into effect in July 2012 and allow for collections to continue without interruption. If it is not approved the FCS Board of Education will have to increase property taxes in order to make the bond payments.
The 2005 and 2007 bond funds were used to construct the addition at North Forsyth HS and nine new schools including West Forsyth HS, Lambert HS, Little Mill MS, Piney Grove MS, Lakeside MS, Johns Creek ES, Whitlow ES, Brookwood ES, and Haw Creek ES. Additionally, the funds were used for school improvements and updates, technology, transportation, safety and to purchase land for future school sites.
If approved, the SPLOST will expire in July 2017 or when a projected maximum of $195 million is collected, with projected $141 million going toward bond payments and projected $54 million for capital improvements.
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, then select "eBoard (Meetings Agendas)" > "Meetings" > "Board Meeting", and then a regular board meeting from the list . When the agenda loads look under "Presentation and Discussion" for the finance report.
DID YOU KNOW?
With over 36,000 students in 35 schools, FCS is the ninth largest school district in Georgia and is growing at 1,700 new students a year. Even with cuts in state, federal and local revenue and the demands from population growth, FCS has consistently cut operational expenses and has not increased property taxes in three years.