The date for the Presidential Primary and ESPLOST vote, originally scheduled for March 24, 2020, was moved to June 9 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While COVID-19 has changed our lives for the past few weeks and has changed how schools operate in the short term, it has not changed the long-term needs of the school system. 

The citizens of Douglas County will have the opportunity on June 9 to vote to extend the optional one cent sales tax that has been collected since 1997 and directly funds education projects. The Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) is a 1% sales tax that is eligible for renewal by voters every five years and has become a significant way for counties to fund education projects. 

If approved, ESPLOST VI collections will begin after the current ESPLOST expires on December 31, 2021. ESPLOST VI is an extension of the current ESPLOST and is not a new or additional tax.

Priorities for ESPLOST VI include four main areas:

1. Debt elimination. By the end of ESPLOST VI on December 31, 2026, the Douglas County School System will be debt free.

2. Construction of a multi-purpose indoor arena for graduation ceremonies and other events

3. New construction on existing campuses

4. Instructional technology

We encourage all citizens of Douglas County to become familiar with the proposed ESPLOST VI and to vote on June 9. Please see the following links for additional information regarding ESPLOST VI and for updates on past and current ESPLOST projects.

Learn More...

Informational Brochure

Informational Slide Presentation

Informational Videos:
A Message from the Superintendent
A Principal's Perspective
From Our Students

Detailed List of Proposed Projects

Election Notice and Ballot Wording

Voting Information -- Registration, Polling Locations, Advance Voting Dates and Locations

All information on this page and on linked documents is for informational purposes only.


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