ESPLOST on ballot tomorrow has implications for Grayson High

Grayson High principal Dana Pugh (left) poses with Carolyn Hixson (right) by a statue of the school mascot.

Grayson High principal Dana Pugh (left) poses with Carolyn Hixson (right) by a statue of the school mascot.

While tomorrow’s election might not hold the appeal of, say, 2016’s election day, there’s still a crucial issue on the ballot for Gwinnett voters: ESPLOST.

For those not familiar, ESPLOST stands for Education Special Local Option Sales Tax. It’s a one-cent sales tax which goes directly to Gwinnett County Public Schools and Buford City Schools for capital improvements in pertaining to growth, modernization and upkeep. The estimated revenue would be just shy of $1 billion, with roughly $927 million going to GCPS and around $23 million going to Buford City Schools.

This ESPLOST is considered phase four of the voter-approved tax. If it passes, the tax would be in effect from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2022.

Of interest to Grayson voters is the fact that Grayson High School would benefit during this phase, with a scheduled 24 additional classrooms to be built in 2021.

The ESPLOST is not a new tax, but rather a continuation of a tax that’s been in place since 1997. Gwinnett voters have approved a continuation of the tax in 2001, 2006, and 2011. According to a GCPS information sheet, ESPLOST has provided the funds to build 60 new schools as well as technological and facility upgrades across the county. You can download the GCPS sheet by clicking this link: ESPLOST.

Polls open tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM. They will remain open until 7:00 PM.

Author: Jason

Jason Brooks is the owner and editor of Grayson Local. A resident of Grayson for over 14 years, he loves the Grayson community and the potential it holds. A former pastor, Jason now works as a freelance writer. He has written for The John Maxwell Company, North Point Ministries, The Ford Motor Company, Catalyst, and several regional magazines as well. You can follow Jason on Twitter (@JasonMuses).

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