March 5-- The Toombs County school system is trying to build two new schools and needs voter approval in Tuesday's Presidential Primary.
Toombs School Superintendent Dr. Kendall Brantley is asking voters to approve continuation of a one percent local option sales tax for education and to okay a bond issue.
"A continuation of the current ESPLOST will raise enough money for the project at Toombs County High School and to build a new building at the Toombs Central site," he says.
Officials expect the ESPLOST will raise $15.3 million over five years for Toombs County schools. Much of that revenue will be used to finance $13.4 million in bonds which the school system plans to issue as soon as possible to get the projects started and to take advantage of favorable construction costs in today's economy.
Both the ESPLOST and the bond issue are on Tuesday's ballot.
"We ask voters to vote YES twice. Once so we can continue the current ESLOST and once so we can issue bonds to do the project as soon as possible. We've got a struggling economy and lots of people need work in the area and it will help stimulate the local economy and help us build the projects immediately," Dr. Brantley said.