The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce announced its support for the Muscogee County School District proposed one-percent sales tax Tuesday afternoon.
“The general consensus of our board and our membership is that this SPLOST is a wise investment in the future of our community,” Chamber Chair Russ Carreker said during a press conference at the headquarters of The New Day campaign. The New Day campaign is group in support of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to support school construction.
If approved by voters on Sept. 15, the tax would last five years or until the Muscogee County School District collects $223 million to complete a variety of capital projects, including 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.
Carreker said they surveyed Chamber members about the SPLOST and about 60 percent supported the tax. Another 20 percent were opposed and 20 percent were undecided.
The Chamber’s board of directors voted unanimously to support the SPLOST.