With all the information in the papers about the education SPLOST, I was surprised to be at dinner recently with my family, whereas some members still didn’t understand what this vote is about.
The vote is not about more taxes, it is about the taxes staying the same. Personally, I have had a lot of loss of income this year, and I am trying to save every penny I can. I do understand that the SPLOST is 1 percent of my dollar. However, I also understand that my two oldest children are in amazing colleges because of the superior education they received at Creekview High School, and the advanced education they had as a result of the technology that was available to them.
This was given to them not by the 2011 ED SPLOST, but by the innovative people of Cherokee County that voted for the ED SPLOST 10 years ago. It maybe didn’t benefit them at that moment, but it benefitted the future, which ended up being my children. Now, I hear a family member say, “well, it won’t benefit my kid.” Oh, how wrong, it already did, because of the unselfish people who voted for the Ed SPLOST before many of us even arrived.
This is not another tax, this is a pay it forward. We pay it forward because 10 years ago, people paid it forward to us. It benefits our future.