The Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation announced its support of a proposed 1 percent sales tax for school construction during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
“We encourage all those who share out commitment to excellence in education to vote yes on September 15 because it’s about our kids,” said Len Williams, board chair of the nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering educational excellence.
If approved by voters, the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax would last five years or until the Muscogee County School District collects $223 million to complete a variety of capital projects. The projects include five new schools — a new Carver High, a new middle school, two new elementary schools and a fine arts academy — additions to Northside High and Richards Middle, and athletics and technology upgrades across the system.
Williams said foundation board members will put out yard signs and distribute flyers in support of the tax until the special election on Sept. 15. Several foundation board members and two former superintendents, Guy Sims and John Phillips, also appeared at the news conference in support of the tax.
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Current superintendent Susan Andrews thanked the foundation for the support of the proposed tax.
“I appreciate the MEEF board for all they’ve done for the Muscogee County Schools,” Andrews said.