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Feb 28, 2005: School needs public forum

By Mike Cross
Posted Sunday, March 6, 2005

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The Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners held a public information/discussion forum in the Superior Courthouse.

The BOE presented Chatham needs, which include 3 new schools, additions, renovations and upgrades with a projected estimated cost of $103 million.

The Board of Commissioners will meet soon to discuss how we will pay for these capital improvement loans.

I see two ways to borrow the money and 3 possibilities to raise the revenue to service the loan payments.


1. Bond referendum with countywide vote to coincide with our municipal elections in the fall
2. Certificates of Participation (COPS) -- loans with no public vote required

Payment Revenue

1. 1% Land Transfer Fee (not yet authorized by our General Assembly): a tax on all real property transactions
2. Increase School Impact Fees, either by district or countywide: a tax on new residential construction
3. Increase real property taxes, countywide

Citizen attendance/participation was extremely light for such an important issue. It's not too late to get involved! Surely you have questions.. or a preferred loan option... or an opinion for loan repayment.

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Feb 28, 2005: School needs public forum
Chatham County Commisioner Mike Cross shares his viewpoints with citizens on his weblog.

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