Local Option Sales Tax, Your help is needed!

Gibson County Special School District is asking for your help. Right now out 136 school districts, Gibson County Special School District spends less per pupil than any other district in the state of Tennessee. We have tried to be good stewards with the tax dollars that are entrusted to us. Even though we are consistently spending less than other districts, we are consistently scoring higher on our end of year tests. This is a testament to the hard work of our teachers, students, parents, and community members. In the March election there will be a chance to vote on an issue that will help all schools in the county. Please see below for more information. We appreciate your support.

VOTE “FOR” THE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX REFERENDUM

Why vote “FOR” the referendum to increase the Local Option Sales Tax Rate in Gibson County from 2.25% to 2.75%?

  • Redistributes” Local Option Sales Tax Dollars collected in the cities of Humboldt, Milan, and Trenton back to “ALL School Districts” in the county.
    • How does this redistribution occur?  Humboldt, Milan, and Trenton already have a 2.75% Local Option Sales Tax Rate.  However, only 2.25% is being split evenly between school districts and the point of sale (city or county).  The difference of .5% (one-half of one percent) is NOT being distributed. That .5% (one-half of one percent) is staying in Humboldt, Milan, and Trenton.  Citizens located within Gibson County Special School District and Bradford Special School District spend the majority of their hard earned money in the cities of Humboldt, Milan, and Trenton because that is where the majority of the retail businesses (Wal-Mart, Lowes), restaurants, and service establishments are located.  These funds should be redistributed back to the school districts for our students’ education.
    • What affect does this have on school districts?  This will increase funding for “ALL School Districts” (Bradford, Gibson County, Humboldt, Milan, and Trenton).
    • Provides much needed revenue for the education of our students.
    • Increases County Revenue.
    • Increases City Revenue for Bradford, Dyer, Gibson, Rutherford, and Yorkville.
    • MINIMIZES” the need for Property Tax Increases.
    • How does this affect the citizens in the affected areas?  It will cost you $.50 (fifty cents) per $100 spent for goods or services.  However, you are already spending the extra $.50 (fifty cents) per $100 on goods and services if purchased in Humboldt, Milan, Trenton, or surrounding counties.
    • By voting “FOR” the referendum to increase the Gibson County Local Option Sales Tax Rate from 2.25% to 2.75% and it passes, the whole amount of 2.75% will then be distributed per T.C.A. Code 67-6-712, 50% (1/2) to school districts, and 50% (1/2) to point of sale (city or county).

For additional information visit the Gibson County Special School District website at www.gcssd.org and click on “Local Option Sales Tax” located under “News” and listen to a “Narrated Presentation” or contact Terry Cunningham at (731) 692-3803.

If you are a “Registered Voter” and you live in the Bradford, Dyer, Gibson, Rutherford, and Yorkville, or County areas, vote “FOR” the referendum during early voting February 15 – February 28 or on March 6, 2012.  Your vote is very important!

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