Chatham County votes 'yes' to 1% sales tax benefitting public schools

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Chatham County voters said yes to continuing a one percent sales tax benefiting local public schools.

When voters voted in favor of the ESPLOST 3, they were saying they would like to continue to fund new school buildings and improve technology. Specifically, this money will go toward six new and replacement schools in the county. It will also mean renovations for about 15 schools, and additions for half a dozen schools.

When it comes to technology, this money will mean better access to computers for a lot of students, and it will help maintain the multimedia classroom projection systems, and that's not all.

"We also will be using that money for new buses for transportation, for technology in classrooms, and for paying down our bond debt, which isn't exciting, but it means that we don't have to use money that we would put for teachers and in the classroom on the bond debt. So, that's good news for students and for our schools," said Jolene Byrne, Savannah-Chatham County School Board President.

The money from this penny sales tax adds up pretty quickly. In fact, we're talking about hundreds of millions of dollars - and that goes a long way in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.

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