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November 20-- The Montgomery County Board of Education voted Monday night to place a referendum on the ballot in March to extend its local option sales tax for education (E-SPLOST) an additional five years.

The current E-SPLOST, which expires in another year, will remain at the same rate of 1% for the new five year extension if the voters approve the referendum next year.

Montgomery County School Superintendent Hugh Kight says the E-SPLOST funds are vital for the school system and helps relieve the tax burden on the property owners. “It keeps it lower for our property owners and helps them out. You can use this money to purchase equipment, to purchase a school bus, whatever air conditioning needs and repairs. And I hope our community has the trust in us to know that we are going to spend it wisely,” said Kight.

Approximately $566,000 of existing E-SPLOST funds will be used to build a new track facility for athletics at the school. Kight added, “The track is something we’ve been needing for years now. Our school is paid for in full and our track will be paid for in full. We’re really in good shape financially now and we have one of the best small school athletic complexes around.”

Kight is hoping to have the track completed in February so that it can be used this season. “I’m putting pressure on them to have it by February so that we can use it this track season. That’s our goal. Our kids are excited, we’re excited and I think our community should be excited because it’s going to be a community track also.”