PERRY -- Houston County students may be one step closer toward getting new classroom technology, should the school board approve a resolution to continue a penny tax that will run its course in 2012.
The board plans to vote on the resolution at its next meeting Aug. 9, Superintendent Robin Hines said Monday during the system’s annual opening session ceremony at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
If board members approve the resolution, school officials will put together a list of priorities to be funded by the special purpose local option sales tax, and the issue will go on the ballot Nov. 8, board Chairman Tom Walmer said.
At the top of the list are major improvements to classroom technology. Other than necessary upgrades, Houston County hasn’t made any major technology purchases in about a decade, Walmer said.
Technology improvements have the potential to better prepare students for life after graduation and in the working world, he said.
“So much of what (students) do is related to technology,” Walmer said. “The more in the classroom, the better prepared they’ll be.”
If approved by voters in November, the new penny tax would take effect after the current SPLOST runs out next year. The new tax would last until 2017. The current SPLOST, which took effect in 2007, is expected to raise up to $123 million for school system expenditures.
With the lagging economy in late 2009, the school system predicted a $4 million deficit in SPLOST collections if revenue did not increase throughout the remainder of the tax.
By January though, school officials said the system would be able to meet existing debt obligations and expenditures with minimal growth in SPLOST receipts.
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