Chamber Board urges "Vote Yes" on school bonds and sales tax

$250 million bond plan for new schools, expansions and repairs

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:

Our Children, Our Future Bond Referendum Committee website:

Committee Facebook page: 

Gaston County Board of Elections:  

 Chamber Resolution in Support of Bonds & Sales Tax 

Sample Ballot for Bonds & Sales Tax Issues 



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