Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Montcross Area Chamber Board members demonstrate their support for the school bonds and the additional sales tax to pay for them during a recent meeting.
Vote to support Our Children, Our Future on May 8 ballot
Gaston County voters will have an opportunity vastly to improve the futures for our children by voting to support two measures on the May 8 primary election ballot. One provides for bond funding to build three new schools and to expand, renovate and repair the older school buildings in the Gaston County public school system. The second measure authorizes a small additional sales tax to help repay the bonds.
At it's March meeting, the Montcross Area Chamber Board of Directors adopted a resolution of support for both proposals. The capital needs of the schools in Gaston County total $650 million. The bond package proposed now will address only the most urgent needs providing for $250 million over the next seven to 10 years.
The school bond and sales tax issues were the subjects of the Chamber’s recent Business Buzz breakfast program. County Schools Superintendent Jeff Booker spoke on the $250 million bond referendum, and County Manager Earl Mathers addressed the additional quarter-cent sales tax.
EARLY VOTING STARTS April 19 and continues through May 5 at these locations:
Gaston Board of Elections, 410 W. Franklin Blvd, #30, Gastonia, NC 28052
Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville HWY, Dallas, NC 28034
Mt. Holly Citizens Center, 400 E. Central Ave., Mount Holly, NC 28120
Use the following links to access more information on the proposals:
Gaston County Schools website: www.gaston.k12.nc.us/SchoolBonds2018.
Our Children, Our Future Bond Referendum Committee website: www.voteyesgcsbonds.com.
Committee Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GCSBonds2018/?ref=br_rs
Gaston County Board of Elections: http://www.gastongov.com/government/departments/elections/index.php