$130 million education tax on the primary ballot for all Floyd County voters. It would replace $80 million penny-tax for public schools expiring in 23 months.

$130 million education tax on the primary ballot for all Floyd County voters. It would replace $80 million penny-tax for public schools expiring in 23 months.

You’ve likely seen a few yard signs in recent days or a growing number of posts on Facebook. All Floyd County voters will find the “special 1 percent sales and use tax for education purposes” on the May 24 ballots designed to raise up to $130 million for Floyd County and Rome City schools.

It would replace, or extend, a penny-on-the-dollar tax for education that has been collected since April 1, 2019; that tax ends March 31, 2024. The next one, if approved, would begin the following day.

What’s different: the tax package approved by Floyd County voters in 2017 was for $80 million; the 2022 proposal has a revenue cap that is 62.5% larger.

As included on the sample ballots now available (tax issue posted above):

  • $75,270,000 would be designed for Floyd County Schools. As stated, it would fund construction, replacement and renovations at existing schools including the College and Career Academy. Two county schools, Cave Spring Elementary and Glenwood Primary, close after classes end in May.
  • $54,730,000 would be designated for Rome City Schools. Primary purpose: A replacement for Rome Middle School.

Campaigning is under way supporting the tax. A pro-tax committee has been formed — Citizens for Better Schools in Rome-Floyd County — and meetings at city schools begin this week. We had not heard of an opposition committee as of late Sunday.

 

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