Buford Schools approve SPLOST agreement

BUFORD -- Buford City Schools approved an agreement Friday with Gwinnett County Public Schools that called for an extension of the 1-cent sales tax.

Of the approximately $876 million that could be generated by the education special purpose local option sales tax, $17.1 million would go to Buford and $859 million would go to Gwinnett.

But first, it goes to the voters.

On Nov. 8, Gwinnett County residents can decide whether they want a fourth iteration of the education special purpose local option sales tax.

The two systems must be in agreement to call for a SPLOST renewal, according to Jorge Quintana, a spokesman for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Phillip Beard, chairman of the board for Buford City Schools, said the system has "a wide range of needs, and (SPLOST) allows us to move forward. It is well needed, and the voters have given it to us three times. We're hoping to continue it."

For Gwinnett County Schools, the dollars generated through the penny tax could fund 500 additional classrooms in the district as well as five new schools.

Sytemwide facility and infrastructure improvements as well as technology improvements for students would also be covered by the tax.