Sumter Co. sales tax bid passes

Sumter Co. sales tax bid passes

SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) - A new Americus-Sumter High School will also be built because voters there in Sumter County also overwhelmingly passed an ESPLOST referendum.

About 65 percent of the people who voted supported the referendum.

An Americus High School graduate who helped lead an effort supporting the referendum said he's glad the sales tax passed.

It passed with 1414 voting yes and 761 voting no.

Marcus Johnson said thriving communities and thriving public school systems go hand in hand.

He believes the current school is outdated and building a new school would be a boost to the economy.

"One of the things that new businesses look at is healthcare and the school system. So having a new school would really help us in terms of marketing ourselves to not only businesses but to people that might want to come and live here too," said Marcus Johson, Resident and graduate.

School officials say will cost 40 to 42-million dollars to build a new high school which would allow 9th through 12th graders to attend classes on the same campus.

The Superintendent said the state would pay 14-million dollars of the cost.

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