The Belvedere Civic Club is holding its October meeting on Thursday the 28th at 7 p.m. We are holding the meeting virtually on Zoom to address the community's health and safety concerns.
As you may know, this November 2nd is the date for in person voting for DeKalb County. The only issue residence of unincorporated DeKalb County have to vote on is the referendum on renewing the E-SPLOST (Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax).
The E-SPLOST will expire on June 30, 2022, unless it is continued by the voters of DeKalb County. The county is proposing renewing a 1% sales tax in DeKalb to fund specific projects in the School district not covered by the annual budget over the next 5 years covering the 2022-2027 school years.
The DeKalb County School District estimates that the tax would bring in approximately $660 million to $700 million over those five years.
We have invited District 3 School Board Member Deirdre Pierce and DeKalb County School District Chief of Staff Antwyn Brown to our meeting. There we will discuss the proposed 5 year E-SPLOST, what it has accomplished in the past, how it fits into the $2.2 billion approved annual budget, and the list of projects the renewal of this tax would accomplish.
Please join us at this meeting as we become more informed voters. All participants are encouraged to ask questions and become a part of the conversation around transparency and accuracy in how our tax dollars are being spent.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 28th. You can access the meeting with your computer or smart phone via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84827248564
For more information on E-SLOST, it history, completed project, estimated income, and future proposed projects, please follow the links below to outside sources discussing the subject.
From DeKalb County: https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/e-splost-iv/
Nancy Jester, DeKalb County Commissioner's Editorial on her No vote for E-SPLOST: http://factchecker.stanjester.com/2016/05/6570/
DeKalb County Video on E-SPLOST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb1CCtMR8ww