E-SPLOST language sufficient for voters, DeKalb schools chief says

DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green is firing back at assertions made by a state lawmaker that the district’s proposed E-SPLOST vote could be subjected to a legal challenge over a lack of specific projects.

State Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, said in a letter to Green that such a challenge could deprive county schools of the projected $500 million to be derived from a penny sales tax to assist with capital projects.

“Contrary to assertions otherwise, the resolution and ballot question calling for the continuation of thie source of educational funding in DeKalb County does contain a constitutionally sufficient description of the specific capital outlay projects to be funded with the tax,” Green says in a letter written to Millar dated for today.

Included in the resolution language, which voters will see on May 24:

•Safety and security (enhancing surveillance systems, fire alarm systems, fire sprinkler installation)

•New facilities and additions (modifying and replacing schools, creating new schools and facillities)

•Facility condition improvements (roofing, plumbing, painting, physical education facility upgrades)

•Purchasing buses and classroom furniture

•Expenses related to projects

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