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Murfree asks for SPLOST waiver (UPDATE with video)

Dougherty County School Board Vice Chairwoman Anita Williams-Brown, with Superintendent Joshua Murfree, addresses an Education Legislative Session Monday. The school board met with local state Reps. Ed Rynders, Winfred Dukes and Carol Fullerton to discuss the system’s legislative hopes for the upcoming year.

Dougherty County School Board Vice Chairwoman Anita Williams-Brown, with Superintendent Joshua Murfree, addresses an Education Legislative Session Monday. The school board met with local state Reps. Ed Rynders, Winfred Dukes and Carol Fullerton to discuss the system’s legislative hopes for the upcoming year.

ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree thanked local legislators for their past support and made his pitch for the system’s next priorities at a special legislative meeting Monday.

With state Reps. Ed Rynders, Winfred Dukes and Carol Fullerton in attendance, Murfree asked the legislators to consider a waiver request of tax law to be provided the system for a portion of special-purpose local-option sales tax revenues to be used for operational expenses exclusive of salaries. The system is expecting to see an anticipated $9 million budget shortfall next year.

“I know this is a toughie, but we’ve done our research and there have been other districts in the state that have gotten this special waiver,” Murfree said to the legislators. “We are going to be $9 million short, and we have to have some dollar bills somewhere for operational purposes when we find ourselves in a deficit.”

School Board Chairman James Bush said a SPLOST waiver was not what the public voted on in November, and any changes to the existing SPLOST structure would likely be a hard sell to the county’s voters.

“Public confidence has to be there to ask for that money,” Rynders said in response to Murfree’s waiver request. “You have the CRCT and school lunch situations going on right now. And, unfortunately for the Dougherty County School System, the public confidence just isn’t there.

“I think it would be a tough sell.”

Murfree pushed on with the rest of the system’s legislative wish list requesting:

  • that consideration be given to state revenue improvements over the past eight quarters be applied to restoring lost revenue equal to five days of staffing salary reimbursements directed at strengthening staffing for local schools;
  • that legislation be enacted to expand the compulsory education law so that students between the ages of 6 and 17 are required to attend school and that completion of the tenth grade be established as a minimal requirement before withdrawal;
  • that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s direction for providing a career academy in Dougherty County be met;
  • continued support for State School Superintendent John Barge’s direction toward the development of career pathways;
  • support for more meaningful measures of success for student and school achievement than those limited methods prescribed by No Child Left Behind.

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Concerned622 3 years ago

It's all play money to them anyway.

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whattheheck 3 years ago

My goodness, with what the Board has done in the past this is laughable! Act like you have got some sense for a while and then bring it up again for serious consideration.

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Shinedownfan 3 years ago

If someone looked into it, I bet they are already "playing" with the E-splost money, using it for things they really shouldn't... pushing the bar on the limitations of use. They just want approval now.

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ObjectiveEyes 3 years ago

Is using the word "play" a, play on words?

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Sister_Ruby 3 years ago

Maybe they want to put that money in they pockets? Happen all the time in this town. "Thou Shalt Not Steal" God Said It!

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Albanite 3 years ago

Giving this board any control over money is INSANITY! This is the worst school board in the history of our state.

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PatrickY2K 3 years ago

They must be kidding!! They follow each bad decision with another bad decision, and they want more freedom to spend money?!?! There's no telling how they would misuse funds, if given more "play".

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herewegoagain 3 years ago

Free lunches for parents too?

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VSU 3 years ago

They probably haven't finished their christmas shopping yet.

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Amazed2 3 years ago

Due to all the negative things going on with the school system such as CRCT cheating and indications that the FREE LUNCH program is abundant with Fraud that includes at least one high ranking system Principle and now apparently an actual Board Member I decided to just read the Member Profiles of each of the DCSS Board Members. Hopefully, I trust that the content of the bio/profile is accurate for each member. In reading them I noticed that all members of the board list their educational background except one. One member does not list any level of completed education, not even High School. He does list that he once ran a small store and that he is a member of a social organization, supports youth baseball and he attends a local church. Maybe I am reading this wrong?? but I would have thought that there would be more requrements to be seated on the School Board.

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KaosinAlbany 3 years ago

Are they out of their ever living mind!!! This is the very reason I vote NO to these so called special taxes because the money usually doesn't go where they tell us it is going to be used. I plan to vote NO on the T-SPLOST ballot also because it will just be a bailout for MARTA in Atlanta and I bet we will never see the money come here to Albany. Voters please educate yourselves before voting for these so called "Special Taxes" and quit letting the politicians scare you. They are just all talk because they want the funds.

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Albanite 3 years ago

Just remember, whatever they don't take from us as Splost MUST (by law) be made up in property tax increases by upping the millage rate.

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bubbavet 3 years ago

IF THEY HAD ANY MORE FREEDOM THEY WOULD HAVE TO BE IN PRISON SO THEY COULD GET OUT. STOOOOPID!!

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Abytaxpayer 3 years ago

Well Well they con the “Uniformed” into voting for the E-splost then AFTER the “Uniformed” give them the E-splost they want to change the rules they have to “Play” by….Wonder why there was no mention of the change in “PLAY” BEFORE the vote. How about it Coach got a good answer for this one. And for those of you who pay property tax in Albany Look at your tax bill DCSS takes more than either the city or the county. Play Money indeed!!

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Albanite 3 years ago

I just discovered that these DCSS members want to now use the splost money for PAY RAISES and SALARIES instead of the infrastructure they said they needed. Liars - all of them.

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TheMember 3 years ago

I am having fun reading the comedy section of this paper, DCSS board. I would like to know who on this board has requested for more freedom. Matter of fact I think we should demand to know, just so we can figure out which one of these idiots really don't have a clue. I don't think all of them are idiots, but I would hope one of them would like to clear their name of this stupid request. I say, don't give them more freedom, make them explain every move until they are competent enough to make sane decisions. This goes for this board and all other board making decisions using taxpayer money.

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chinaberry25 3 years ago

They cannot go up on property tax. I have been told they are at the maximum.

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PatrickY2K 3 years ago

With the updates, this isn't the same article that was originally published, and the comments don't make sense.

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Terry.Lewis 3 years ago

Problem is as a story develops, context can often shift. We could delete comments with each update, but that seems counter productive. So, I guess you have to break out your thinking cap.

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speakup 3 years ago

Well, Murfree had carpet in his office when he first started. Then, he didn't like it, so they changed his floors to hardwood. I know for a fact that they had to classify the flooring in his office as something different on splost funds because it was not supposed to be covered under splost.

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Outtahere 3 years ago

About two years ago, Mrs. Cutts from our lovely Economic Development department had MANY very nice repairs done to the building!! Tile floors, brand new cabinets in the break room, painting, windows, etc... NONE of it necessary!!!!! All the while we had no money to assist home owners in the city with repairs!
Look it up - the city has repair programs (loans) for city residents called Emergency Repair and Home Rehabilitation.
Anyway, my point is that DCSS is not the only ones WASTING MONEY!!! Mrs. Cutts is great at it!

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TrixibelleBento 3 years ago

I don't understand how you can ask for a waiver for a law. SPLOST is not supposed to be for ordinary expenses used to run an organization, right? I don't care if other communities are doing this...we should NOT. DCSS, you've got enough PR problems right now. Why would you put yourself in even further hot water with the public?

Good look in getting another E-SPLOST passed. Good ole #34. If you have a $9 million shortfall, looks like some furloughs should be on the horizon.

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Terry.Lewis 3 years ago

There are several school systems throughout the state that have received SPLOST waivers. However, like Ed Rynders said yesterday, public confidence in the respective systems must be high and that is not the case here. And the CRCT investigation tribunals will likely shed some salary from the system.

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