Education SPLOST vote on March 13
Social Circle Board of Education members unanimously approved a resolution to call for a to extend the education SPLOST and an intergovernmental agreement with the Newton County School System at Thursday’s meeting.
If SPLOST is approved by the voters, Social Circle will receive $250,000 of the estimated $55 million for capital projects.
Newton County plans for the SPLOST money to pay for a replacement high school for Eastside High, which will then become the Newton County Theme School for student’s kindergarten through eighth grade. The NCSS has also pledged $30 million of SPLOST proceeds for property tax relief, which will eliminate the debt service millage during the five-year period. It would also provide tax relief to property owners in the county, since the existing bond millage levy would be eliminated during that five-year term of the education SPLOST.
For those without students in the school system, education SPLOST still affects them by keeping property taxes lower.
Originally established in 2007, the agreement with NCSS lasts for five years, just like education SPLOST. This is the fourth time the school systems have requested education SPLOST. It will allow for both the Newton County and Social Circle school systems to make property tax payments for students living in the school district but attending another.
Social Circle had to approve the SPLOST referendum before Newton County could move forward, since a portion of the Social Circle school district lies in Newton County.
The planned March 19 education SPLOST election allows for continued SPLOST funds without interruption between the current SPLOST and the upcoming SPLOST, if approved.