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What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

What will a penny sales tax for education buy?

ATLANTA -- Voters in two cities and six counties in Metro Atlanta will decide Tuesday whether to renew a one-cent sales tax for school construction.

The education SPLOST is a one-cent special purpose local option sales tax that was first approved by voters in Atlanta, Decatur and Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Douglas and Henry counties in 1997.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will be asked to continue that tax with SPLOST IV.

In DeKalb County, the renewal of ESPLOST would generate $475 million for dozens of capital projects, including new buildings, new roofs, air-conditioning systems, even smart boards in every classroom.

Atlanta to vote on Sunday sales in November

Atlanta to vote on Sunday sales in November

ATLANTA -- Atlanta voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether retailers in the city should be allowed to sell beer, wine and distilled spirits on Sundays.

The Georgia Legislature voted this year to give communities the option of allowing Sunday sales. Many cities and counties around the state have scheduled votes on the issue.

The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to authorize Mayor Kasim Reed to enter into a contract with Fulton County to conduct the tally.

Atlanta voters also will vote that day on a school tax extension and to fill a vacancy on the school board.

The city agreed to pay the county up to $17,050 to run the election.

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Approves Resolution to Support E-SPLOST for Fulton and Atlanta

(Atlanta) Through a resolution authored by Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and Commissioner Liz Hausmann, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted today in their recess meeting to support the E-SPLOST referendum for Fulton and Atlanta Public Schools.

The School systems have called for a referendum for citizens to consider the continuation of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST IV). SPLOST has funded capital needs in the Fulton County School System since 1997. Previous SPLOST programs have funded 37 new schools, 28 school additions and multiple projects such as roof replacement, HVAC renovations, floor covering replacements, surveillance camera installations and playfield enhancements.
 

Sunday sales vote could cost Atlanta

Sunday sales vote could cost Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A debate over retail sales of alcohol on Sundays erupted during Monday's Atlanta City Council meeting.

The council voted Sept. 6 to put local-option legislation passed by the General Assembly on the November election ballot. If Atlanta residents vote yes, supermarkets, convenience stores and liquor stores would be allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor on Sundays.

At the time, council members believed the referendum could be put on the ballot at little or no cost to the city because there was going to be an election anyway.

But since then, the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections has informed the city that its services in conducting the referendum won't be free.

Monday's debate was the second such incident in three weeks.

The council voted 9-1 to pay the county up to $17,050 for the Sunday sales vote, but not before Councilman C.T.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

LOCAL PROFILE: Clayton County Commission Chairman, Eldrin Bell

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Eldrin Bell is a local legend in Atlanta local law enforcement and politics.

Recently, the Where U Live spoke with him about his history in Atlanta and his current position in Clayton County.

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining in double digits, 11Alive journalists are busy digging into three programs that promised to create jobs.

One of them is the federal stimulus program.

According to the state's Stimulus Accountability website, the federal government has granted Georgia approximately $3.2 billion in stimulus funds. Georgia's unemployment rate was around 8.8 percent just prior to the start of the stimulus program. Two years later, unemployment has risen to the current rate of 10.1 percent.

Where are the stimulus jobs?

In Paulding County, the stimulus program is getting mixed reviews.

Paulding County has received approximately $46 million in federal stimulus funds. The unemployment rate there was 6 percent in 2008 before the stimulus program. Unemployment in Paulding has risen to its current rate of 10.6 percent.