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How will you vote in renewing the special purpose local option sales tax for schools?


imzachsdad: March 8, 2011 1:30 p.m.

people should be for this, as the state and federal money is drying up fast.

puzzledtaxpayer: March 8, 2011 4:27 p.m.

As we near the voting day for SPLOST on March 15, it puzzles me as to why our
Board members did not push this to be on our last ballot. Is it because they are hoping for a low voter turnout so the new SPLOST tax will pass? I elieve the last time we had a SPLOST vote there were only 9 percent voter participation. As taxpayers in Hall County, we are giving the Board full reins s to spend more and more money. We are sacrificing ourselves for their poor decision making and wasteful spending. The Board tries to convey they have cut all they can cut, but
I beg to differ with the following at hand. We, as taxpayers, pay our current
superintendent over $178,000 per year to oversee a multitude of teachers, staff and students. Our Governor makes only $136,000 per year to oversee how many Georgians? It is my understanding that our past superintendent is still on our county payroll, but is paid on a 1099 form that doesn’t show up in their payroll system. We pay the principal at Johnson High School in excess of $105,00. Now, he has another position as new construction manager for the entire county. That salary
has yet to be posted. This principal also sells real-estate. I would think that overseeing a high school of 14 - 18 year old children would be a full-time job in itself. Who do you think will suffer here? At West Hall High we are paying a part time custodian and this individual sell ice-cream at lunchtime for over $47,000 per year.
Wow, is this salary justifiable? We have heard that SPLOST dollars will not cover salaries, but we pay county school taxes that does cover these salaries. We expect them to be good stewards of our monies. Instead, the more we give the more they want. We are experiencing very tough
times and a lot of wasteful spending.
We deserve answers, but until they clean up their own house and
business dealings, I will vote NO to SPLOST on March 15th.

jimr: March 9, 2011 9:23 a.m.

The current commissioners have already spent almost $ 200,000.00 by firing attorneys and other employees and now they are spending $ 50,000.00 on a special election. The Times is giving us the commissioners and school boards - Mom and apple pie speech - there is no need for special elections, they are for special interest groups.

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