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Harlem and Grovetown residents should support E-SPLOST

Posted: March 10, 2015 - 11:12pm

Dear editor,

We hear so much lately about all the projects that would be funded with continuation of the Columbia County Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or E-SPLOST. Naturally, most of those projects are aimed toward the unincorporated areas of the county where most of the population resides. Those voters can see plenty of reasons to vote in favor of continuing E-SPLOST.

But residents of the county’s two cities should be especially eager to support renewal of the sales tax – because three of the aging schools on the replacement list are in Harlem and Grovetown.

Among the older schools in the county are Grovetown Elementary, North Harlem Elementary and Harlem Middle. All were built at least 50 years ago, and repair of their obsolete infrastructure is a constant drain on scarce resources. Besides, it’s hard not to notice the beautiful – if overcrowded – school buildings that have popped up outside Grovetown and in Evans during the past few years, while the schools inside the cities have continued to age.

It’s long past time to provide students in Harlem and Grovetown with modern facilities, and renewal of E-SPLOST is the right way to start. Please go to the polls on Tuesday to vote “yes.”

Bobby Culpepper, Mayor of Harlem

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