MCSD sending "Thaw The Freeze" towards the ballot

MCSD sending "Thaw The Freeze" towards the ballot

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Leaders with the Muscogee County school district want to let the people decide.

On Monday night, the school board voted 6-3, deciding to request to the local legislative delegation to ask the GA General Assembly for permission to put the Columbus mayor's proposal to thaw the controversial property tax freeze on the November 2016 ballot.

Muscogee County's superintendent also agrees it's the right thing to do. They allowed some members of the public to speak up for and against the move on the tax freeze at Monday's meeting.

It was also mixed for board members, including Mark Cantrell, who voted no.

"I don't mind putting it on the ballot for people to vote on, but my big problem is I don't want people to think the Muscogee County School District supports things to put on the ballot and people might not be informed enough to think this is a good thing here," Cantrell said.

"Not yes or no, not for or against, it's just let the citizens speak," Muscogee Co. school board chair Rob Varner said.

Again, voters will decide on the property tax freeze next year in November.

On Monday, the Muscogee County school board also unanimously voted to purchase more than one million dollars in new school buses with money from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).

In addition, they appointed assistant principals at Britt David and Hannan Magnet Academies, plus Columbus High, St. Mary's - Gentian, Carver - Shaw Highs, and Richards Middle School.

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