Will You Vote in Favor of the E-SPLOST?

Voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether to continue the current 1 percent E-SPLOST for another five years.

On Nov. 8, Gwinnett County voters will be asked to approve a continuation of the educational special purpose local option sales tax or E-SPLOST. This tax is a 1 percent tax added to every purchase made within Gwinnett County.

The current E-SPLOST will expire on June 30, 2012. The Gwinnett County Board of Education is asking voters to approve an extension of the E-SPLOST, known as SPLOST IV, which will last for another five years.

Over the years, proceeds from this tax have provided Gwinnett County Public School students with classrooms in 46 new schools and 59 school additions as well as technology upgrades within the schools. to read what improvements are proposed for the Dacula and Mill Creek clusters if SPLOST IV is approved.

Will you vote in favor of the E-SPLOST? Why or why not? . You can also vote in our poll.

R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 12, 2011 at 10:24 PM
its time to take a break...
Caroline R October 13, 2011 at 10:23 AM
Too long a time period. Too early to start spending (bonds). Too many trust issues with current school board. Too little accountability. Too much of an increase to future operational expenses. Too many reasons to vote no.
L.Vlad October 13, 2011 at 01:08 PM
The only power we have is our vote. I say we need to send a message to GCPS and vote No for E-SPLOST. Over the years I have always voted Yes to all SPLOSTS, but this year I have gotten involved in Gwinnett Public Schools redistricting issues and what is going on behind the curtain is not pretty. Until we have transparency in the decisions being made on behalf of our children and a real opportunity to voice our opinions before decisions are made I cannot vote yes to E-SPLOST.
North Georgia Weather October 13, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Redistricting is probably a political thing, I have no idea. All I know is a tremendous amount of this money is going toward instructional technology improvements. There are schools that haven't had their technology upgraded in 4 years or longer, equipment is out of warranty or going out of warranty (mine is almost out), we currently can't afford to buy simple things like replacement batteries for our laptops (both student and teachers) and some schools are piecing together parts to keep computers running. You all vote as you please, just don't come back complaining because things don't work, and your kids can't get any time on the computers because they're broken, or... oh yes, books! Don't forget how much we pay for books every year! Part of the plan was to ween us away from the paper books and move to an electronic version which will be much cheaper in the long run. But hey, we've had paper for years so that's ok too. I can't wait to hear all the complaining 5 years down the road, it will be rather amusing.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 21, 2011 at 02:55 AM
No it really won't, but this issue will be back before us LONG before 5 years if it fails this round THAT'S certain. And once we know what the Gold Dome does in 2012, maybe we'll be in safe harbor, but until we know how that and the county shared services costs come out - now is just not the time.
lovinggwinnett October 25, 2011 at 09:12 PM
I want my kids to have the best technology and buildings we can possibly have. I think transparency is what we get with our board and GCPS leadership. We need to be proud of our superintendent and board members. You guys must not be looking around the nation at some of the leadership issues with other school boards before you talk about ours. If you don't like the leadership, move....
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 25, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Loving -Yes we have looked around and we see some trends that are unsettling. Some recent economic detail related to Gwinnett County resident changeover or “churn” indicates that the median average income level LEAVING is 46K to 50K, while during the SAME period - the median average income of those COMING in is 40K. It would seem some are already following your recommendation and if not for the current housing market, the exodus may be markedly LARGER. How much will we be spending in replacing ECLASS electronic tablets and YEARLY software upgrades going forward? (It’s the nature of the beast) We’ll be lucky if these tablets are just replaced yearly (I’m willing to bet on a shorter replacement cycle) Will households be required to buy replacements for their students? It's NOT about NOT wanting the very best education possible for our children, its about PRIORITIES and timing of demands for ever more funds.This economy is NOT the time to continue the spending patterns that were developed in the high growth, prosperous 80s and 90s when “Revenue” was MUCH deeper and a misstep could be recovered from more easily. (Education related high priced land deals come to mind – why didn’t the air conditioning get done then?) Couldn’t this OPTIONAL tax be retired for just ONE year so we could rebuild our wallets? You can bet it would be back on the ballot in 2012 if it fails in 2011. Besides we WON the BROAD Prize WITHOUT air conditioned gyms - right?
North Georgia Weather October 25, 2011 at 10:31 PM
Do you know something about tablets that I don't?
lovinggwinnett October 25, 2011 at 11:46 PM
R- Retrieving pennies in our wallet for a year won't do anything for our personal budget. We will never know it's gone and we would never really see it if it was back. But our pennies put together can do incredible things for our students now and the future students. And the great thing is that anyone passing through our county gets to help us pay for our school needs. Let's be real, we won't miss the pennies. Let's give them away to a county that are great money managers. If you have looked at our county budget at one of the annual meetings, you should be impressed with how far they stretch our "pennies".
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 27, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Loving - This is but only ONE of many pennies that’s about to leave our collective "pocket". Sorry but those types of statements of “not missing funds” relates to a time gone by. (at least for a little while) It’s the position that we DON’T miss it is EXACTLY what is driving the noise, people are in fact beginning to miss these amounts now and are asking “Why”? The proponents of all types of tax based spending are going to have to step up their game, just like the starving local non-profits have to do now. Even Gwinnett Relay for Life almost lost its top of the nation position this year. Money is getting harder to find. Some may be of the belief that there will be no “across the board increase” to the cost of living around the corner, that would be a poor bet to take going into 2012.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew November 02, 2011 at 08:00 PM
The school system is now PAYING telephone solicitors to contact citizens in the county and request voting support for ESPLOST, I just got off the phone with a 1800 number robo/ live rep call. So the school system will fail without the vote? I darn sure didn’t commit tax dollars to be cold called – spend that funding on the children. This all about the businesses hoping to get YOUR dollars and using children for blackmail? In certain parts of the world, that action would get one literally killed. Vote NO!
IDon'tTrustMySchoolBoardAnymore November 04, 2011 at 02:15 AM
On, Tuesday, November 8, I will vote NO for E-Splost because of IE2.....for it IS really about the children! The goals that GCPS have set for our children through the IE2 contracts are discriminatory and frankly appalling....but for you to find any of this out you need to look for yourself to media outside of Gwinnett. Take the time to investigate for yourself, don't just read the local newspapers who share only one side. If I can’t trust GCPS to care about my student’s achievements, then I can’t trust them with my money. I will continue to support my school through the PTA for projects that truly help raise student achievement. Read this link and then vote NO with me! That is, if you really care about the children. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/feds-investigate-civil-rights-claim-against-gwinne/nFSPk/
North Georgia Weather November 04, 2011 at 09:37 AM
You REALLY don't have a clue do you? Do you know how often parents complain and file things against our school system or any school system for that matter? 99.9% end up being unfounded.
Clemson97 November 07, 2011 at 08:18 PM
I will vote NO! I also got a call and when asked if I had children in public school and I said no, I heard click. They hung up on me, I have children but they are 4 and 2. I have made the decision to send mine to private school. I also have several neighbors that have decided to pull their kids from public school. They are either home schooling or going over to private.
North Georgia Weather November 07, 2011 at 10:09 PM
You do realize those phone calls are not from GCPS don't you? And why are your neighbors pulling their kids?
M.K. OSBORNE November 07, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Home school, private school ,E class,Public school ... its all good !
Clemson97 November 08, 2011 at 08:49 PM
I have friends that have been teachers for years and they are sick of the BOE in Gwinnett and are either moving to other counties or private schools. My neighbors just can't seem to get over how large the schools and classrooms are now. The choices my children will have in private school is wonderful. They have a Christmas program every year and they can call it that. They will be around people and teachers that loving and have the same moral values as I, go to church. I've heard some real horror stories about the High Schools around me and I'm just in shock. A friend of mine had a problem with their child being bullied and her child got in trouble when he decided to stand up to it. Up until then the school wouldn't do a thing about it. No one seems to use common sense in the public school system these day.


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