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E-SPLOST projects to include artificial surfaces at stadiums
by E. Marcel Pourtout
May 14, 2014 12:38 PM | 2065 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding County voters Tuesday will have the opportunity to extend a 1-percent sales tax that can have a direct impact on the prep sports landscape for years to come.

Capital projects scheduled to be funded by the tax would include installation of artificial surfaces on the football fields of all five county public high schools — East Paulding, Hiram, North Paulding, Paulding County and South Paulding — said Paulding School District spokesman Brian Otott.

Another project would include repairs to the track surfaces at East Paulding, Hiram and Paulding County high schools, Otott said.

The school district worked in collaboration with EducationPlanners LLC to come up with the $6.4 million cost of the field and track improvements, according to the district web site.

If approved, the district may be able to do some short-term borrowing against the future funds by using tax anticipation notes to allow work to begin on some projects before 2016, said Steve Barnette, chief financial officer of the school district.

The special purpose local option sales tax has been in place since 1997 and was renewed three times in 2001, 2006 and 2011.

The proposed sales tax extension is for five years, from 2016 to 2021, and can generate an estimated $87.6 million.

Almost half is for debt service. The remainder is for school heating and air conditioning upgrades, technology improvements and additions to Shelton Elementary and North Paulding High schools, in addition to the athletic track and field upgrades.

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