Sales Tax Information
For several years Stanly County has looked at adopting a ¼ cent sales tax. At a joint meeting with the Stanly County School Board and the Stanly County Board of Commissioners, full support from both boards was given to pursue the ¼ cent sales tax on the fall ballot. This page is intended to educate you on how these funds will be used should the ¼ cent sales tax be adopted.
Now more than ever, with the increase in tragic events across our nation, we need to update our school building safety. With the additional funding, a ¼ cent sales tax would bring approximately 1.5 million per year. The school system would work to improve security and safety at all campuses beginning with our elementary schools. Camera systems, additional access door security, fencing to prevent open access to campuses, and additional playground upgrades in both equipment and fencing are a few items we will upgrade in our elementary schools pending the sales tax passes. In addition, interior vestibules would be added where feasible to prevent access to the building without going through the office.
Listed by school are the items we would like to implement if we had the funds from a quarter cent sales tax increase. All elementary schools would receive a vestibule and equipment from identakid similar to those seen below.
Once the safety needs are accomplished at each elementary school, we will review and add additional measures at our middle and high schools. We anticipate at least a two to three years of tax income to accomplish these needs.
As the safety concerns are completed, there are many technology and other building upgrade needs. Many of our elementary facilities need remodeling, including painting, roofs, flooring, and heating and air all impact the quality of our older buildings. We anticipate year four and future years of funding would help offset some of these costs.
Technology will always be in need of improvements as it changes continuously. Having a revenue source for this would help ensure our students are kept abreast of what the future world and job market are requiring. An investment in our students is certainly an investment in our community and future. We hope this brief education in where your tax dollars will be used helps in your decision. Current funding for education is derived from local property tax, state, and federal dollars. Recent years have seen a decline is state and federal per pupil funding, shifting more of the burden onto local counties.