ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011
Some information on the ballot issues from Stacey Abrams' e-newsletter:
Tomorrow, November 8, voters in Atlanta, Decatur and DeKalb will be going to the polls to determine two ballot issues: continuation of the E-SPLOST and Sunday Alcohol Sales. Please find below the ballot questions as well as my positions on each issue.
1. E-SPLOST: I intend to vote YES on the E-SPLOST for the Atlanta Public Schools. Despite concerns about governance, the APS E-SPLOST has been instrumental in improving the physical plant where our children spend most of their learning hours. Continuation of the E-SPLOST will provide necessary repairs to schools, improve technology for those students that continue to lag behind and offer students the critical tools necessary to meet academic goals. Specifically, in District 84, the E-SPLOST will upgrade and/or replacing major building systems for East Lake, Mary Lin, Toomer, and Whitefoord Elementary Schools, Coan Middle School, and Crim Open Campus. Having worked closely this year with the school board, as the Governor's Liaison to the SACS Accreditation review, I am satisfied that these funds will benefit their intended recipients - the children of the Atlanta Public School System.
Although I do not vote on the DeKalb or City of Decatur Schools ballot measures, both school districts are within House District 84 (specifically projects for Oakhurst Elementary School and Renfroe Middle School). After careful review, I support the measures on these ballots as well. The E-SPLOST has been a well-regulated, critical funding mechanism in these areas, and their use for capital projects has been essential to improving the physical plant for students. However, additional remediation is required, and the E-SPLOST is the most efficient and cost-effective means for meeting our obligations to our children.
2. SUNDAY SALES: I intend to vote YES on the Sunday Alcohol Sales question. The City of Atlanta should have the authority to regulate local sales based on input by Atlanta residents rather than through state-wide mandate.
Please remember to vote tomorrow and take a friend.