Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Schools Sales Tax Pushed; Advocates Speak Up for Special 1-Cent Tax at Board of Education Meeting

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Schools Sales Tax Pushed; Advocates Speak Up for Special 1-Cent Tax at Board of Education Meeting

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Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI

BRUNSWICK -- Support among Glynn County residents for a proposed special 1-cent education sales tax to pay for new school construction, renovation and other improvements is becoming evident.

Eight parents from St. Simons Island told the county Board of Education Tuesday night that they favor the tax. They urged the board to proceed with it regardless whether the proposal included a middle school on the island.

Shelly Boynton, who has three children in the school system, said the district must replace its outdated and overcrowded facilities. A special education sales tax is the best and most fair way to generate the needed revenue, she said.

"We need new facilities. We're a growing school system and we've reached a point where our facilities need to be replaced or renovated, and new schools need to be built," Boynton said.

The school board plans to meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, to hammer out a revised list of proposed school construction and renovation projects that would be funded by the sales tax.

Among the expected priorities will be funding to proceed with Sterling Middle School, and build a charter vocational technical school.

Board members also will discuss whether to place the issue on the ballot for the November general election.

Last month, the board backed off its plan for a special election on Tuesday, Sept. 19, seeking voter approval of the proposed sales tax.

The postponement came after a series of public hearings attended by about 30 to 80 people per session. About 80 percent of people attending the hearings objected to the proposal for a variety of reasons.

A small group of St. Simons Island residents were among the most outspoken opponents. …

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