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Baker educators blame misinformation on SPLOST vote defeat

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Baker County Superintendent Dr. Torrance Choates Baker County Superintendent Dr. Torrance Choates
NEWTON, GA (WALB) -

Baker County school leaders say misinformation led to the defeat of a sales tax referendum that would have benefited local education.

Voters on Tuesday defeated a referendum that would have extended the current E-SPLOST I for five more years.

If it was approved, it would have given the Baker County School System an extra $200,000 year to pay of new classrooms, technology and busses.

Baker County's school superintendent believes many of voted "no" did so because they thought it was going to raise their taxes.

Dr. Torrance Choates  says that money will now have to come from state and local funds.

"I'm just hurt today to know that our voters voted the E-SLPOST down. Looking at their kids that go to this system, and they actually voted something down that was going to benefit their children. For a system this small, this is something that we needed. We needed it really bad. And its just tragic," said Baker County Superintendent Dr. Torrance Choates.

Choates say they'll try to get a new referendum on the ballot in the future.

 

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