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Chamber endorses E-SPLOST

CONYERS — The board of governors of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce voted Aug. 28 to endorse the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum that will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

According to a release from the chamber board: “In general, the funds can be used for debt retirement and for capital outlay projects such as buildings and capital equipment. However, our school system, remarkably, has no outstanding debt; a status very few school systems have achieved in decades. Therefore, the funds will be used for capital outlay projects only such as buildings, capital equipment and land. It is expected to produce over $83.5 million through April 2019. The three main areas of focus will be safety and security, technology and facilities.”

If approved on Nov. 5, the referendum will be the fourth 1 percent special purpose sales tax levied for education. The third E-SPLOST expired in the spring, bringing Rockdale’s sales tax to 6 percent.

“Our Board of Education is to be applauded on its superb fiscally responsible record in achieving debt-free status, and this sales tax levy has the potential of placing our school system at the very head of the line in Georgia,” according to the Chamber’s endorsement. “The Chamber urges the public to give their whole-hearted support to the passage of this sales tax issue.”

According to Chamber Chairman Thua G. Barlay, “We believe that an investment in our school system is a sound investment in our community.”

The E-SPLOST will be the only issue on the ballot for voters in unincorporated Rockdale County. Voters in the city of Conyers will also vote in municipal elections.

For more information visit the Rockdale County Public Schools website at www.rockdale.k12.ga.us.

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission of preserving the competitive enterprise system of business and promoting business and community growth and development. For more information on the chamber, visit its website at www.Conyers-Rockdale.com or call 770-483-7049.