Metro Atlanta school districts seek sales tax renewals

Cobb County voters in 2017, the last time the E-SPLOST there was renewed. AJC file photo
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Cobb County voters in 2017, the last time the E-SPLOST there was renewed. AJC file photo

Voters in DeKalb, Cobb and Fulton counties will decide Nov. 2 whether to keep paying a penny sales tax over five years for capital projects in county and city school districts.

Ballots ask voters to approve or reject a county-wide E-SPLOST, or education special purpose local option sales tax. School districts must use E-SPLOST revenues for capital expenses and are not permitted to use them on operations for things such as salaries.

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If the measures pass, here is the amount each school district would receive and what they propose to spend it on:

Atlanta Public Schools

Estimated revenue from tax: Up to $650.8 million

Proposed projects include:

  • Construction and renovation at 10 sites, with the largest investment of $27.7 million at Peyton Forest Elementary School, which would get more classrooms
  • A bus depot on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway for $13 million
  • More bleachers at 10 high school stadiums, for about $9 million
  • Updated theaters and auditoriums at Washington, Mays, Douglass and South Atlanta High Schools and the building shared by B.E.S.T. Academy and Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, for $5 million
  • Up to $62.4 million for technology, including new computers
  • About $23.3 million for more secure entrance areas at 53 schools
  • General infrastructure work
  • Transportation
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Demolition of six buildings
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City Schools of Decatur

Estimated revenue from tax: $40.8 million

Proposed projects include:

  • New construction and building renovations
  • School technology replacement and upgrades
  • Security and safety system upgrades
  • New roofs and HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems
  • School bus and other vehicle purchases

DeKalb County School District

Estimated revenue from tax: $742.8 million

A project list will not be finalized until the district’s comprehensive master plan is complete, but will generally include:

  • New and improved facilities
  • New and improved technology
  • Buses and other vehicles

Cobb County School District

Estimated revenue from tax: $895 million

Proposed projects include:

  • Rebuilding parts of Sprayberry High School
  • Improvements at Bells Ferry Elementary, North Cobb High and Tapp Middle Schools
  • New elementary school in south Cobb
  • A second career academy in the north Cobb area
  • New annexes at Kincaid, Mount Bethel, Murdock, Sope Creek and Tritt Elementary Schools
  • Athletic and stadium facility upgrades

Fulton County Schools

Estimated revenue from tax: $1.2 billion

Proposed projects include:

  • Renovations at dozens of schools
  • Rebuild of North Springs High School
  • Refurbished media centers
  • Upgrades to high school athletic fields
  • New technology

Marietta City Schools

Estimated revenue from tax: $71 million

Proposed projects include:

  • Renovations or additions at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics and Hickory Hills Elementary, West Side Elementary, Sawyer Road Elementary and Marietta High Schools
  • Athletic improvements at Northcutt Stadium
  • Technology upgrades