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It’s decision time! Vote!

Three days remain to vote on the E-SPLOST referendum 

Councilperson Moses James faces challenger Mitzy Moye for council seat

 

Counting today, October 29, Seminole County voters have three days to cast a vote on the E-SPLOST Referendum, and for their Donalsonville City Council candidate of choice in the November 2 General and Special Election. Advance voting continues at the Seminole County Courthouse Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the final opportunity to cast a ballot will be Tuesday, November 2 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at your voting precinct.

As of presstime on Wednesday, October 27, Seminole County Election Superintendent reported only 188 advance votes cast and eight absentee ballots received.

In the City of Donalsonville, one contested race on the ballot will present voters with the choice between a sitting council person and a former council person, the challenger. Incumbent Donalsonville City council person Moses James will face former city council person Mitzy Moye for the District 1, Post 1 council seat. All other candidates on the ballot are unopposed. 

Voters county wide will have the option to vote YES for E-SPLOST to extend the current one percent (one penny) sales tax for education.  The E-SPLOST is a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) – a one-cent sales tax on all retail purchases that generates funds to benefit the Seminole County Public School System.

The E-SPLOST is not a property tax and in fact helps to keep ad valorem taxes stable. It provides a method of funding the cost of educational improvements in which everyone, not just property owners, contributes one cent for every single purchase made by residents as well as visitors shopping in Seminole County. It cannot be used to pay operation expenses, such as salaries. 

It has been determined that the cost of upgrading Seminole County Elementary, Middle and High Schools is greater than the state funding to construct a new K-12 facility. To maximize the school system’s  money available from the state and to insure all of our children are in modern, safe, and secure facilities, Seminole County is planning for a new PreK-12 facility. This K-12 facility would be paid for through the renewal of E-SPLOST. 

If approved, the county’s sales tax would remain at its current level. A “yes” vote would simply extend the current 1% sales tax for education an additional five years. This is not a new tax.

The Seminole County School System qualifies for Low Wealth Project Specific Funding, which is designed to assist systems that rank in the bottom 25% in SPLOST earnings to build schools. Through this program, Seminole County is  eligible for approximately $32 million for a K-12 facility. The total cost of the project is projected to be approximately $44 million.

Advanced voting continues during the regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 29th.  Voters also have the opportunity to cast their ballot this Saturday, October 30 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. All advanced voting will be conducted in the Office of the Probate Judge in the Seminole County Courthouse located at 200 S. Knox Avenue in Donalsonville. The final opportunity to vote in this election will be at the polling place in their precinct on Election Day, November 2.

No absentee ballot may be voted on the day of the election.  Any absentee ballot, which has been voted prior to the day of the election, may be mailed to the registrars on the day of the election, but will not be counted unless it reaches the registrars’ office by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. 

If you have any disability or need assistance getting into the Courthouse or other special accommodation help will be provided in any way allowed under the law.

For assistance or for more information, contact the Seminole County Board of Registrars or Election Superintendent by telephone at 229-524-5256,  by fax at 229-524-5256, or via email at seminoleprobate@gmail.com.

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