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School board votes on SPLOST and redistricting

Dougherty County voters will decide whether to continue to pay an extra penny sales tax to help schools.

The school board approved putting a sales tax extension referendum on the November ballot. The current sales tax expires next September.

If it passes, the school system will initially take on greater debt than in the past as they wait for sales tax revenue to come it.

Board members approved issuing bonds for $40 million. When voters approved the last sales tax, the system issued bonds for $18 million.

A week after Dougherty county commissioners agreed on new voting district lines, the school board signed off on the plan.

County and school officials worked together on redistricting based on new census numbers.

The U.S. Justice Department must approve the new district lines before they go into effect.


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