GRADY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - An effort is underway to encourage Grady County voters to extend the one penny sales tax that goes toward schools.DESPOILS is set to expire next June.
Southside Elementary school was built in 1922.
And its nearly 100-year-old walls need some TLC.
Southside Elementary School Principal Janet Walden said, “Each day is a new adventure with issues in our building, because it's old!”
So old that it's in desperate need of a makeover.
That's where ESPLOST comes in.
Former Thomas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Green said, “It can now help with school systems, not only with new construction, but also with renovations. It can help with the purchase of equipment, textbooks, school buses, vehicles, and those things that school systems need.”
In the past five years, ESPLOST raised nearly $13 million to improve the Grady County school system.
It's set to end in June of next year.
If voters extend it, the next sales tax could raise closer to $16 million.
Grady County Superintendent Lee Bailey said, “This type of tax has been going on for 15 years and this is just an extension of that tax. It is not an increase, but a continuation.”
And for those planning to vote ‘no', Bailey wants to reiterate how much it takes to provide basic necessities.
Bailey said, "It comes from a lack of understanding of how much it costs to operate a school system in Grady County or any school system. It takes a great deal of money. We're not buying those extra things, we're buying those necessities.”
Dr. Green has met with school officials to form a committee to encourage people to vote ‘yes' in November 4th's General Election.