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Dougherty voters say yes to SPLOST

March 20, 2007

Albany--   If you spend money in Dougherty County, you'll continue to pay an extra penny in sales tax and public school students will continue to reap the benefits.  

Voters easily approved an extension to the education sales tax. More than 87 percent of people who cast ballots voted yes.

The tax will raise $95 million over the next five years for Dougherty County schools. It will help renovate older schools, create centers of excellence in three high schools, replace old computers in classrooms and increase safety and security.

School system leaders say the changes are on the way thanks to voters.

"We are very, very grateful and fortunate to be in a community that does support education and we appreciate it very, very much," said Dougherty County School Superintendent Dr. Sally Whatley.

The new sales tax will go into effect October 1st.  

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