Bibb school tax gets top-level support

The Bibb County school board’s call for a penny sales tax continuation for school projects, which goes before voters Tuesday, has drawn support from top public officials.

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart and Bibb schools Superintendent Sharon Patterson held a news conference Thursday to say they support the education local option sales tax referendum.

New school facilities in Bibb County would revitalize neighborhoods to attract new residents and businesses to Macon also helps students achieve their goals, the three said.

“This is an opportunity for all of us to participate in making sure all of our children have adequate resources,” Hart said.Voters can decide whether to continue to pay six cents on the dollar in sales tax when they shop in the county. If approved, starting in 2011, the penny tax would raise up to $198.5 million over five years. The funds would be used to rebuild Heard Elementary and four replacement elementary schools as well as pay for nine other school renovations, among other projects.