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2018 SPLOST Referendum (Voter Approved May 22, 2018)

In May 2018, Newton County voters overwhelmingly supported the continuation of a one-penny school tax to support the Newton County School System. Overall, the school system’s E-SPLOST, a sales tax of one penny on the dollar, passed with 62 percent of the vote—nearly a 2-to-1 margin.

The SPLOST funding will go toward construction of a new Eastside High School, relocation of Newton County Theme School to the current Eastside High School facility, maintenance and improvement projects at existing facilities (roof repairs and replacement, HVAC upgrades, parking lot improvements, etc.), purchase of technology, replacement of school buses, improvements to Sharp Stadium and other athletic facilities, purchase of band equipment, and furniture replacement.

The sales tax continuation will begin Jan. 1, 2020, and will extend until Dec. 31, 2024. It is expected to generate approximately $60 million in revenues.

“I’m grateful for the support of a community that supports the education of our children,” said Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of Newton County School System. “I am thankful for the support of our parents, employees, local business and industry partners, local governmental agencies, faith-based community, public education supporters and Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce.”

She added, “Our partners, through their SPLOST vote support, have enabled us to continue our Board of Education-approved technology plan, build a new Eastside High School, relocate our K-8 school, purchase new buses, maintain our facilities, replace furniture, buy new band equipment, pay existing debt and upgrade Sharp Field. I cannot adequately express how thankful and grateful I am. Ultimately, our students are the winners!”