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ESPLOST benefits us all

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One penny for every dollar may not seem like much to many, but for the Baldwin County School District it is worth its weight in gold.

Since implementing its first Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for education, the school district has implemented much needed programs, improved the system’s infrastructure and expanded opportunities for students to learn.

It has allowed for school buses to be equipped with air conditioning, enhance security at the schools and provided additional technology.

Not to mention that in the end, it saves all of us money. For many of these items, a millage rate increase would otherwise be required and that money would be put on property owners. With the ESPLOST, everyone pays. People on their way to Atlanta pay. College students pay. People who come here to shop from our neighboring counties pay.

The other important thing to remember is that if voters approve the ESPLOST, nothing moneywise changes.

It is solely a continuation of a tax we’ve been paying for years. It is simply a renewal that the State of Georgia requires school boards to request every five years.

Schools need continued upgrading, no matter where you live. Athletic facilities have to be safe for kids to play on. The ESPLOST is not just about the school system, it is about the children that attend schools.

The proposal will be on the ballot during the March 24 elections. We encourage you to continue supporting the funding of our schools in a way where everyone pays, where property taxes don’t take a hit, and in a way that continues the growth and flourishing of the Baldwin County School District.

Remember, the ESPLOST will not raise property taxes, and it will be used for renovation, infrastructure and other much needed items our school district needs.