E-SPLOST election set for Nov. 5

CONYERS — Rockdale County’s Board of Elections held a special meeting last week to call for a Rockdale County Board of Education E-SPLOST special election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The 1-percent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum will be the only question on the ballot for voters in unincorporated Rockdale County. Voters inside the Conyers city limits will also cast ballots in the races for mayor and District 2, Post 1 and District 1 council seats.

The Board of Elections will handle the elections for both the city and the school system. Under a contract approved earlier this summer, the city will pay the Board of Elections approximately $10,305, not including any costs for a runoff, if needed. Elections Supervisor Cynthia Welch said she expects the school system to pay $30,000 to the Board of Elections for handling the E-SPLOST election. A contract between the BOE and the school system is expected to be finalized in October.

Voting on Election Day inside the city will take place at the two city precincts: Pine Street Elementary School and Conyers First United Methodist Church. All 18 of the county’s precincts will be open for E-SPLOST balloting.

The proposed $83.6 million E-SPLOST would fund a number of capital projects, including construction of replacement schools for Pine Street and J.H. House elementary schools.

Key projects on the E-SPLOST list include:

Safety and Security

This includes establishing access control to several of the schools in the county, implementing a student ID system, installing fencing and site property access controls and purchasing emergency lockdown control hardware.

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