By PAT NEWMAN
proposed $90 million special purpose local option
sales tax is getting some powerful backing.
600-member Fayette County Board of Realtors has
endorsed the county Board of Education's SPLOST
and bond referendum, to be on the ballot Sept.
board members voted Thursday to put the SPLOST
and accompanying $50 million bond sale on the
ballot, asking voters for permission to raise
funds for 289 new classrooms, upgraded technology
and security devices in the county's schools,
which are experiencing a growth rate of an
average 700 students per year.
is not any group more aware of the number of new
people in the county than Realtors, said
Carolyn McCullough, president of the Board of
has got to change, and we think the SPLOST option
beats all the other alternatives, she
said her group intends to work for the
passage of SPLOST beyond issuing a
resolution, by having members speak to local
organizations. I do believe this cause is
worth our efforts, she added. Growth
is not going to stop.
is not the first time Realtors have gotten
involved politically. McCollough said that
Realtors recently won their fight against the
state legislature's proposed Amendment I, which
called for taxes to be paid by people selling
their homes for the Heritage Park fund.
amendment was not in the best interest of
property owners, she said.