Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Voters Asked to Renew 1-Cent Sales Tax; the Money Is Used for Education Projects in Glynn County

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Voters Asked to Renew 1-Cent Sales Tax; the Money Is Used for Education Projects in Glynn County

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Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI

BRUNSWICK - Glynn County voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to extend the school system's 1-cent sales tax to pay for improvement projects intended to better educate students.

If renewed, the tax would pay for several major projects deemed priorities by school system officials, including replacing Brunswick High School, replacing Risley Middle School and renovating Glynn Academy. The projects are needed as soon as possible to relieve classroom overcrowding throughout the estimated 12,500-student school district, administrators and county school board members said.

The sales tax extension is the only item on the ballot for voters living in unincorporated areas of the county. City of Brunswick voters will decide the sales tax, and two City Commission races.

Brunswick Mayor Bryan Thompson is unopposed. In the race for North Ward Commissioner, the candidates are John "Johnny" A. Cason III, Clyde Chapple Sr. and incumbent Cornell L. Harvey. In the race for South Ward Commissioner, the candidates are incumbent James H. Brooks Sr., Sandy Dean and Tommie Herrington.

A total of 418 ballots had been cast as of Thursday morning, said Cindy Johnson, county elections supervisor.

Of those, 297 were in unincorporated areas of the county, where the sales tax was the only issue. The other 121 were cast in the city.

"It's hard to predict what the final turnout might be. People may be waiting until election day to vote," Johnson said.

School board Chairman Millard Allen said he was "a little disappointed" that the early voting turnout has been low.

"I think it will pick up Monday when the island voting site opens," Allen said. "Obviously, we'd like people to vote for the sales tax extension. But regardless of their position, it's important to vote, period."

Shoppers in Glynn County now pay a total of 7 cents, including 1 cent for education, in local sales tax for every $1 spent for merchandise. …

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