Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Resolution 2017

 

Whereas, Cobb County’s student population is expected to continue to increase over the next five years, and

 

Whereas, in order to provide students with permanent classroom space for the next five years and beyond, the school district needs to construct new schools and classroom additions at multiple schools, and

 

Whereas, some older schools need to be either replaced or refurbished and brought up to the level of current education specifications for facilities, and

 

Whereas, technology equipment, such as computers, printers and software, needs to be continually upgraded and refreshed to keep our students learning on current equipment, and

 

Whereas, due to HOPE and Pre-K funding requirements, limited funds have been available from the Georgia Lottery to fund K-12 programs or classroom technology, and

 

Whereas, school buses and other support vehicles are needed to replace older vehicles and to accommodate increased enrollment, and

 

Whereas, it is critical to improve school safety by adding access controls, surveillance cameras, security fencing, and replacing outdated communications systems, among other safety precautions, and equally necessary to make renovations and to provide equipment to properly serve students with disabilities pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act; and

 

Whereas, the State does not provide funding for maintenance for existing schools, and,

 

Whereas, sales tax funding is a “pay as you go” approach that incurs no long term debt with interest payments and allows more tax collections to go directly towards pre-specified classroom capital and technology expenses, and

 

Whereas, the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) expires on December 31, 2018,

 

Now, therefore be it

 

Resolved, that the South Cobb Council PTA supports the continued use of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) to fund the construction of educational facilities, school renovations, technology and equipment, safety enhancements and other capital outlay needs; and be it further

 

Resolved, that the South Cobb Council PTA urges its members and the community to vote YES on the ballot question on March 21, 2017, to reauthorize the SPLOST for the Cobb County and the Marietta City School Systems.