Henry County Schools Could Face Major Cutbacks

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

As students here at Abbeville High are talking about the Boston Tea Party and taxes, school officials are talking about another type of tax.

Dennis Coe, Superintendent of Henry County Schools, says, "It's not anything new. It’s a renewal of existing taxes; it comes about once every 30 years."

Coe says the vote for Amendment One on Tuesday is crucial to the future of the schools.

He says that without the extra funds from the tax, the school will lose faculty, programs, and possibly go bankrupt.

Superintendent Coe says, "We've worked hard to build up our reserve but without that we could be in some serious financial trouble within the next year."

While any type of tax is never wanted, Coe says when broken down, the cost to keep up the schools is lower than one would think.

Coe says, "If you own a $100,000 home, here in Henry County, you're going to contribute about $120 a year to the public schools."

This is a small price to pay for the value of education.

Coe stresses Amendment One is not a new tax; it's a renewal. It'll be on Tuesday’s ballot.

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