SPLOST IV (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax)

Your tax dollars make a difference in our children's future

03/20/2013 Voters Approve Ed-SPLOST
On March 19, 2013, Cobb County and City of Marietta voters overwhelmingly approved $773.3 million for Cobb and Marietta City school districts to be collected through the continuation of a 1-cent special sales tax between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2018. A total of 40,565 votes were cast with 23,248, or 57 percent, in favor of the tax, and 17,317, or 43 percent, opposing it. Over 5 years, Marietta City Schools (MCS) could potentially collect $55.4 million, enabling MCS to renovate and revitalize facilities and infrastructures district wide, repay long-term bond debt (currently $15.23M), and sustain and improve technology and infrastructure for student learning. Thank you for your support!

11/13/2012 Board Approves Ed-SPLOST Resolution & Project List
In separate votes of 6:1, with board member Brett Bittner opposed, the board approved the Superintendent’s recommendation of the proposed special-purpose local-option sales tax (Ed-SPLOST) project list; the Ed-SPLOST Concurrent Resolution to provide for the calling of an election; and the contract for calling a Special Election on March 19, 2013.

A Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for education (Ed-SPLOST) is a countywide, one-cent (penny) tax on all consumer goods that must be approved by voters in a referendum and is in effect for five years. A sales tax is based on consumption and is shared by all consumers. Estimates show that up to 30% of these funds are paid by non-Cobb County residents. If approved by voters, Ed-SPLOST is expected to collect $55.4M for Marietta City Schools to repay long-term bond debt; construct, renovate, and revitalize aging school facilities district wide to ensure a well-maintained and secure learning environment for students and staff at all campuses; and, keep pace with rapidly changing technology for student learning.

Since the first Education SPLOST was approved in 1998, Marietta City Schools has seen:

  • Numerous maintenance and capital improvements, including new roofs, asphalting and paving, painting, plumbing, landscaping, electrical, heating & air, etc.

  • Safety improvements, including lighting, fencing, video surveillance cameras, and keyless access control systems for elementary and secondary schools. Installed visitor screening background check systems (Raptor) at all schools.

  • Increased technology for student learning and made system-wide technology improvements: including Interactive Whiteboards, infrastructure (network upgrades), refresh teacher laptops, computer labs and computers for elementary, middle and high school classrooms and media centers. Added computer labs and laptops to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) magnet elementary and middle grades program. Increased network bandwidth to support Internet access. Installed wireless networking in all schools, e-mail system (server and software upgrade), and new student information system (ASPEN).

  • Repayment of long-term bond debt ($53.8 million).

  • Completion of a $6.9M renovation and construction project at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy (MSGA). Building improvements provide an enhanced media center, expanded science labs, classroom upgrades, a remodeled gym and art areas (band room extended), and a keyless entry system with video surveillance. Other facility improvements included updated ceilings, energy efficient lighting (automatically shuts off), new flooring (porcelain tile and carpet), renovated courtyards (poured with aggregate concrete), new HVAC systems, roofing, painting, and new electrical systems.

  • Completion of major capital improvements at West Side and Hickory Hills Elementary, including new classrooms and labs to increase student capacity.

  • Construction of Sawyer Road Elementary school including site development, main building equipped to accommodate approximately 600 students, furnishings and equipment, and instructional technology.

  • Purchase of photocopiers district-wide and additional vehicles to district Driver Education fleet.


  1. Renovating & Revitalizing Marietta City Schools facilities and infrastructures district wide to ensure a well-maintained and secure learning environment for students and staff at all campuses.
  2. Repayment of long-term bond debt (currently $15.23M).
  3. Sustaining & Improving technology and infrastructure for student learning.

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