Leaders unveil plans for Penny Sales Tax proposal

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Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

AIKEN, SC (WRDW) -- Aiken school leaders say they have the final plans ready for a vote on a penny sales tax in November by voters.

State legislators voted earlier this year to allow Aiken County voters to make the final decision on whether to impose a one-cent sales tax on most items purchased in the county. The revenue from the tax would go to the school system to rebuild and renovate existing Aiken County schools.

“If it does not pass, we are going to be strapped with the same buildings and the same needs,” said Deputy Superintendent David Caver.

Today, leaders showed News 12 several renderings of what Aiken High School and North Augusta High School would look like once construction on the new facility is completed. Other schools on the list for a complete rebuild is Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, which was built in 1920.

“Leavelle McCampbell will be a new build,” said Superintendent Dr. Beth Everitt, “We will keep that beautiful old building but build a new campus near Byrd Elementary.”

There will be several public meetings leading up to the vote listed below:

September 18, 201-New Ellenton Community: New Ellenton Community Center 7PM

September 18, 2014-City of Aiken: Odell Weeks Center 6:30 P.M.

September 25, 2014-North Augusta: North Augusta Municipal Center 6:30 P.M.

September 30, 2014-Aiken County: Aiken County Gov’t Center 6:30 P.M.

October 2, 2014-Midland Valley: Aiken Tech Auditorium 6:30 P.M.

October 2, 2013-Ridge Spring-Monetta: Ridge Spring Civic Center 6:30 P.M.

October 9, 2014-Wagener-Salley: Wagener Municipal Building 6:30 P.M.

October 16, 2014-Jackson: Jackson Community Center: 6:30 P.M.

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