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Polls now open for SPLOST election

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The polls are now open for residents to hit the polls to cast their ballots for or against a penny sales tax increase in Muscogee County known as the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST. 

Bennie Newroth, the co-chair for the "Yes for Kids" campaign, told News Leader 9 she believes in the vision of Dr. Lewis, the superintendent for the Muscogee County School District.

"With my belief and support of public education it was natural that I would be a part of a campaign to help raise funds to provide an adequate learning environment for children and adequate transportation," Newroth said. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Frank Myers with the School Board is a part of the "No School Board Tax" campaign. He said he is against the one cent sales tax set to raise a little less than $200 million. 

"The bottom line of this election is that if you're happy with your school system either go vote yes or stay at home, but if you believe we can do better and you believe in accountability then go cast a no vote and give us a chance to make things better," Myers said. 

Myers said his campaign spent less than $10,000 on the campaign, while the "Yes for Kids" campaign said they haven't got all their figures in yet. 

If the tax passes the sales tax in Muscogee County will go up by one penny to fund several school improvement projects

The "Yes for Kids" Campaign is headquartered on Midtown Drive behind K-Mart and the No School Board Tax campaign will set up today at the El Vaquero on Macon Road. 

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and you can only vote at your specified precinct.

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