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By unanimous vote, the Newton County Board of Education approved the adoption of an Education SPLOST Referendum Resolution to permit voters on March 19, 2013, to decide whether they want to extend the existing one percent special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) for education for a 5-year period from 2015-2019. If the education SPLOST is approved on March 19, 2013, this will be the fourth round of education SPLOST. Approval of the education SPLOST will not result in a new tax, but an extension of the existing education SPLOST.

In addition to the adoption of the Education SPLOST Referendum Resolution, the school board also approved by unanimous vote the continuation of the Intergovernmental Agreement between Social Circle City Schools and the Newton County Board of Education, which was executed on May 8, 2007 in conjunction with SPLOST III. The agreement calls for each system to make property tax payments for students residing within the respective school district boundary but attending the other school district’s school system be continued by execution of a new agreement.

Newton County Schools currently estimates that an extension of the education SPLOST will raise $55-$57 million in revenues over the 5-year period from 2015-2019. Newton County Schools plans to dedicate up to $30 million (or over half) of SPLOST proceeds for property tax relief. An extension of the education SPLOST will provide significant property tax relief to property owners because the existing bond millage levy will be eliminated during the 5-year term of the education SPLOST. The district plans to use its remaining education SPLOST proceeds for renovations, improvements, new construction, and to equip schools throughout the school system, purchase new school buses and improve system-wide technology.

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of public relations for Newton County Schools at

Click here to read the SPLOST Referendum Resolution