Please be aware of the referendum questions that will be on the ballot this election. One in particular, Amendment Five, is of great importance to us in Hall County. I am typically very wary of constitutional amendments and will only vote in favor of those which I have studied in depth. Amendment Five is summarized best by President Pro Tem of the State Senate, Butch Miller:
“Amendment Five would authorize fair allocation of sales tax proceeds to local school districts. Impacting counties with independent school districts, Amendment 5 would allow for E-SPLOSTS to be called where the systems representing a majority of the students have a revenue sharing agreement or the proposed E-SPLOST outlines revenue distribution proportional to the number of students in each system.”
This means that in Hall County, E-SPLOST dollars would be evenly distributed between the City of Gainesville School System, Buford City School System and Hall County School System on a per-pupil basis.
Currently, Buford has about 350 students within Hall County, Gainesville has 8,500 and Hall County has 26,500.
I hope that you will consider this information when casting your ballot during early voting or on November 6.