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November 24, 2012

$30 million arts academy questioned as Muscogee County plans to close Academic Success Center

The books must be balanced. Revenue from a five-year special purpose sales tax in Muscogee County again has fallen short of the cost of school projects voters approved -- an estimated $40 million short of $223,155,784. A lackluster economy takes some of the blame, but the economy's luster was lost before local voters in 2009 approved the education sales tax 57.8 percent to 42.2 percent. Now the school board must sift through its needs and check its choices against the promises it made under laws governing a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes.

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