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Friday, April 18, 2014

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:


  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.

Ed-SPLOST Timeline
Ed-SPLOST Education Outreach

SPLOST IV Budget/Expenditures thru March 31, 2014

  Budget Expenditures
Debt Retirement $15,234,750.00 $0.00
Technology (Classroom) $13,615,000.00 $0.00
Technology (Infrastructure and Administration) $2,727,500.00 $0.00
Construction, Modifications and Renovations $20,195,092.00 $3,081,207.85
School Security $2,012,410.00 $0.00
Student Transportation $407,465.00 $0.00
Driver Education Cars $460,000.00 $0.00
Copy Machines $532,052.00 $0.00
Legal and Administrative $250,000.00 $0.00
Totals   $ 55,434,269.00   $ 3,081,207.85

*Additional bond debt retirement is pursuant to collection of all projected revenues and completion of proposed projects.

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2014