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AMENDMENT 5: Authorizes fair allocation of sales tax proceeds to county and city school districts.
BALLOT QUESTION: Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize a referendum for a sales and use tax for education by a county school district or an
independent school district or districts within the county having a majority of the students enrolled within the county and to provide that the proceeds are distributed on a per student basis among all the school systems unless an agreement is reached among such school systems for a different distribution?
Summary: This proposal authorizes a county school district or an independent school district or districts within the county having a majority of the students enrolled within the county to call for a referendum for a sales and use tax for education and provides that the proceeds are distributed on a per student basis among all the school systems unless an agreement is reached among such school systems for a different distribution. it amends Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Constitution by revising subparagraphs (a) and CO. A copy of this entire proposed constitutional amendment is on file in the office of the judge of the probate court and is available for public inspection.
Pro: If passed, this amendment would allow large school districts the flexibility to place an E-SPLOST on the ballot for the county in which they reside, and distribute the
proceeds equitably. It would create an easier path to the ballot for such measures, overcoming previous procedural hurdles and holdout issues.
Con: The amendment may take some power away from smaller school districts within a county to negotiate more funding in the E-SPLOST process.
Stacey’s Position: I will vote YES on Amendment 5. The amendment allows an easier path to county ballots for vital E-SPLOST funding that our school systems need
to upgrade and modernize, and reduces the likelihood of the process being held up
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