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School leaders call for SPLOST referendum

January 8, 2006

Albany--  Dougherty County school leaders want taxpayers to help them make improvements to the school system.  You'll decide soon on a ballot.

The Dougherty County School Board voted unanimously tonight to call for a referendum to extend the education local option sales tax.

The revenue would finance capitol improvements to the school system including the renovation of all high schools and five elementary schools. The money would also be used to buy land for expansions and to purchase technology for classrooms.

"The state does not provide funds for technology. It provides some but not a lot. We have to raise funds from other sources to actually improve our schools or upgrade our schools to modern day standards," said School Finance Director Robert Lloyd.

The School System will take out a 40-million dollar bond issue to begin the projects as soon as possible if voters approve the resolution on March 20th.

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