Gwinnett chamber supports school sales tax extension

Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce board members are supporting the extension of a 1 percent sales tax to help fund about $1 billion in education projects in the county and Buford city school districts.

Gwinnett voters will decide on Nov. 3 whether to continue the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Education officials in the Gwinnett and Buford school districts want to use the money collected from the tax to pay for various school construction projects and classroom technology improvements.

“The economic success Gwinnett County continues to experience can be directly tied to the quality of our schools,” said Dr. Daniel Kaufman, president and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. “The education SPLOST has allowed our schools to keep up with growth, implement needed technology and maintain a level of excellence that ensures students are ready for college or the workforce when they graduate.”

The chamber’s board of directors passed a resolution last week endorsing the sales tax extension.