Dozens of Georgia counties next week will hold votes on whether to continue charging sales taxes for schools. The Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or ESPLOST can only pay for new buildings or for paying off debt. Supporters of the tax in Savannah's Chatham County say, public schools need to have more up-to-date buildings if they want to attract private school students. Opponents, however, say new buildings have little to do with the education going on inside of them.
When the Census numbers come out in April, Georgia cities won't just have federal and state tax dollars at stake. Some cities are concerned they might lose local dollars as well. That's because cities will have to renegotiate with counties for local option sales tax funds. And since those funds are generally split based on population, declining cities could lose yet another funding source.