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Your Views: Education SPLOST is fair way to fund our schools properly
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If not today, then when? The children of our community should always be the "today" and not the "then when." What we put into our educational system today is guaranteed to be representative of its future. If approved, education SPLOST will undoubtedly continue to provide our children with the necessary tools to become devout members of society.

Education SPLOST has been overwhelming beneficial for the past 14 years. It has enabled for new schools to be constructed reducing overcrowding that haunts so many school systems as well as provided enhanced technology within classrooms, ensuring students are prepared to function in the technology based world that now exists.

As a one-penny local sales tax, education SPLOST allows for equitable payment by all consumers whether residents or nonresidents. It is estimated that over one-third of the education sales taxes collected in Hall County is paid by visitors and nonresidents.

Also, unlike many other taxes, this tax focuses solely on education that yields positive and tangible results. These results can only continue with your vote to approve this tax. If approved, the education SPLOST would not take effect for two more years (2013) and would be in place for five additional years.

Education SPLOST has received strong support in the past by voters in 1997, 2001, and 2006. Why should 2011 be any different?

Please support this tax and vote "yes." Your vote is needed to ensure your child, niece, nephew, cousin, or grandchild's school system continues to excel to provide and maintain an educational environment they so deserve.

Kelvin Simmons