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E-SPLOST passes Fountain wins council

 Pickens voters overwhelmingly said yes to a sales tax to fund school needs, including a new middle school, in the Tuesday election. 

  Voters approved the school SPLOST 771 to 445 in an incredibly light turnout of 6.7 percent of registered voters.

  School Board chair Mike Cowart said the solid approval for the SPLOST,  projected to collect $30 million over five years, shows voters prefer to fund school construction and other needs with a sales tax.

  In the only city race, Tony Fountain won a third term on the Jasper Council taking 66 percent of the ballots over challenger Kirk Raffield. Fountain won 164 to 82.

  Fountain thanked everyone for their support during his campaign.

[A later report from the election's office gave slightly revised figures from a report released last night. The change didn't affect the outcome of either race. The figures in this story are the final figures.]

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kitty
+2 #1 kitty 2015-11-05 07:18
What a shame that more voters did not do their duty and get out and vote. The E-SPLOST was passed and now the School Board got their new shiny object. There was never any justification for a new school. It was just wanted. The splost can go to $50 million and other things...no one reads the fine print. We will have permanent splosts...
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Skip
-3 #2 Skip 2015-11-05 12:57
Quoting kitty:
What a shame that more voters did not do their duty and get out and vote. The E-SPLOST was passed and now the School Board got their new shiny object. There was never any justification for a new school. It was just wanted. The splost can go to $50 million and other things...no one reads the fine print. We will have permanent splosts...


Of your many posts, this may be the most ignorant. And that's quite an accomplishment based on your track record.
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SadSAk
+1 #3 SadSAk 2015-11-05 16:29
To Kitty and Skip and all the others out there that didn't care enough to vote.

ESPLOST is already semi-perminent and what is always posed as a way to take the burden off of homeowners has only become a continual additional tax with questionable homeowner relief.
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kitty
0 #4 kitty 2015-11-05 17:00
Ignorant---I guess you also like shiny new objects
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big frank
+5 #5 big frank 2015-11-06 10:42
They don't need a new school. Them kids need to be back in one room school houses with teachers whupping every day to build character and some working in factories where smaller hands can reach easier between sharp parts.
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Skip
-1 #6 Skip 2015-11-06 16:18
Quoting SadSAk:
To Kitty and Skip and all the others out there that didn't care enough to vote.

ESPLOST is already semi-perminent and what is always posed as a way to take the burden off of homeowners has only become a continual additional tax with questionable homeowner relief.


I can see you are no fan of education. It's spelled "permanent". And think about your suggestion that provides "questionable" homeowner relief". If this SPLOST money wasn't available, where would the funds come from? Property taxes. And it is not only "homeowners" who are affected. Anyone owning real property in the county is affected.

You and kitty are probably related. Or married. Or both.

By the way, I *DID* vote.
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Skip
-1 #7 Skip 2015-11-06 16:31
Quoting kitty:
Ignorant---I guess you also like shiny new objects


The only thing in your original post that wasn't ignorant was the fact that it was a poor turnout. I will agree with you on that.

You can argue the merits of whether or not a new middle school is needed right now. I might even agree with you. But you can't say there was no justification. The board made their case for it. You can argue with their reasoning, and I might agree with you. But you are either ignorant (as I suggested) or lying to say they gave no reason other than wanting a "new shiny object". JMS is an old facility. It needs upgrading at a minimum, and then the question becomes how long you put bandaids on it or take the plunge and build.Does it have life left in it? Absolutely. I never said I was in favor of it, but the board did lay out a reason contrary to your statement.

And it's not $50 million. Maybe you should read the fine print.
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