ALBANY, Ga. — Despite last-minute political controversy from within the Dougherty County School System, voters still managed to pass a referendum to renew the system’s $100 million sales tax.
According to unofficial numbers, 8,921 votes — or 58.7 percent of votes cast on the question — were in favor of renewing the one-percent sales tax for the school system, while 6,278 votes — or 41.3 percent — voted against it.
Extension of Special Education Sales Tax
Some voiced concerns in the days leading up to election day about the impact that a recent school scandal involving a principal, who has been charged with falsifying documents to get her daughter into a free-lunch program despite the fact the principal makes more than $90,000 per year, would have on the vote.
The vote allows the board to go ahead with construction and capital projects, maintenance and other programs. If the referendum had failed, it would have been at least two years until the measure could be put before the voters again.
The sales tax, known as Special Tax for Education Progress III, will last for five years or until it generates $100 million in revenue, whichever comes first.