SPLOST on the ballot for Effingham in Nov.

Effingham Superintendent Randy Shearouse
Effingham Superintendent Randy Shearouse

EFFINHGAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - Effingham County residents will vote this November on whether or not to extend a penny sales tax for education. The Effingham County Board of Education approved the referendum on Monday night.

The current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax was approved in 2006, but expires next July.

"We use that funding for capital improvement, we're in a new facility right now and it's helping pay for this facility, new middle school and of course we have plans in the future to build a new K-8 facility and a new high school," explained Effingham Superintendent Randy Shearouse.

Shearouse says the county has relatively low property tax digest and that's why the sales tax is really the best way to fund schools.

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