March 13--  Voters in Toombs County will decide next Tuesday if they want to continue a one penny sales tax for the schools in Vidalia and Toombs County.

Vidalia owes $20 million on its new high school and School Superintendent Dr. Garrett Wilcox says the lion's share of the sales tax revenue will go toward that debt, "The big thing in Vidalia for the E-SPLOST renewal is for the school board to hold to its promise.  When we had the bond referendum to build the new high school, we promised that the one penny would be used to pay for the building.  We do pay for some school buses and technology along the way, but the bulk of that money is going to pay for the new high school."

The Toombs County school system will use the sales tax money to retire the $4 million it still owes on the four-year-old Toombs County High School plus it has some other needs according to School Superintendent Barry Waller, "The two large projects we have are down at Toombs Central Elementary where we will continue to do some upgrades down there as well as the athletic facility that was supposed to be at the high school when it was built but got cut at the very end. We're going to build baseball, soccer, track and a practice field for football and soccer at the new high school."

Both superintendents agree that a sales tax is the best deal for Toombs County citizens by holding property taxes down.  According to Waller, "the good thing about E-SPLOST is that it's a tax everybody pays.  Folks come into our area to purchase goods and shoppers from Tattnall, Montgomery and Appling County come in and make purchases which help pay for our schools.:

You can vote in advance through Friday at five p.m. at the Voting Registrar's Office on West Lincoln Avenue in Lyons.

If you don't vote in advance, you can vote Tuesday at your regular voting precinct from seven a.m. till seven p.m.