One-Cent Sales Tax Questions and Answers
1 day ago
In 2013-14, the best projection for collections of the added penny over a 15-year period “countywide” was a total of $279M. For Anderson School District 4, the 1-cent sales tax was projected to bring in around $25M over 15 years. As approved by the voters, the first 20% of the $25M, or $5M, is and will continue to be used to pay down the existing debt over the 15 year period. The remaining 80% of the $25M, or $20M, is being used for educational capital projects the voters approved in November 2014. The $20M covers $14M in bond sales plus interest and fees that the voters approved so that projects could get underway. These bonds would be paid off using the sales tax revenue over time. Permissible projects include: construction of a new career center, improvement of safety and security, updating technology, replacement of HVAC and roofs, construction of fine arts and athletic facilities, and purchase of transportation vehicles and land for school facilities.
Additionally, for Anderson Districts 3, 4, and 5, voters approved that one of the brick and mortar projects would be a shared new career center. Anderson District Four’s portion of career center construction is 16% or approximately $6-6.5M of the approved $14M. Bonds for the project will be issued in June 2017. This is the top priority project for use of the 1-cent sales tax revenue.
Other projects approved by the board include installation of security cameras at all district locations, traffic safety improvements on Highway 187, student parking addition at Pendleton High, and construction of a new baseball field and infrastructure needs on the 85 acres the district owns on Boscobel Road. This project has not yet been bid out. Current estimates are around $5.5M. This leaves a balance of $2-2.5M of 1-cent revenue that has not been assigned to a project.
1. How much sales tax revenue has Anderson 4 collected from the 1 cent tax? From May 2015 through February 2017 (21 months) Anderson 4 has received $3,792,544.
2. How much has been paid on debt with the 1-cent money? As of April 2017, $758,509 has been used to pay down the debt in Anderson 4.
3. Have we spent any of the 1-cent money? If so, how was it spent? The district has spent $2,339,466 on the new career center construction, security upgrades, HVAC improvements, and a greenhouse for the Agriculture Education program at the high school.
4. How much money does Anderson 4 have left to spend on projects? There is a balance of $2-2.5M of 1-cent revenue that has not been assigned to a project. If the referendum passes, this money will be used to pay down the existing debt.
Note: Since the amount of revenue generated is dependent on the strength of the economy and consumer spending, the district cannot predict future collection rates. What we do know is that the revenue generated from May 2015 – February 2017 is above original calculations. These funds are being used to pay down debt (20%) and pay off bonds associated with the $14M in projects. The Board has approved projects and prioritized them according to recommendations by the Superintendent.
Dr. Thomas R. Dobbins Re-Elected as SCSBA Region 16 Director
5 months ago
COLUMBIA – Dr. Thomas R. Dobbins, a member of the Anderson County School District 4 Board, was re-elected to the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) Board of Directors as the Region 16 Director for a second four-year term during the association’s annual business meeting held on December 3. Region 16 represents Anderson 4, Anderson 5, Oconee, and Pickens.
The association’s annual business meeting, which was held during the association’s Legislative Advocacy Conference, included voting delegates from most of the state’s 81 school boards. In addition to electing association officers, delegates adopted resolutions to guide the association during the 2017 legislative session.
Dr. Dobbins has served on the Anderson 4 board for 12 years. He currently serves as the chair. He also served as Anderson 4 chair from 2002-2008. He was elected to the SCSBA board in 2012.
Officers elected to lead the association’s
board of directors for a one-year term are as follows:
Queenie Boyd, Lee County School District
Wesley Hightower, Aiken County School District
- Vice President, Tony
Folk, Dorchester School District Four
Chuck Saylors, Greenville County School District
- Secretary, Cheryl
Burgess, Lexington School District Three
Others elected to serve a four-year term on
the 23-member board of directors as regional directors are:
- Region 2 Director, Cindy Bohn Coats, Charleston county Schools
- Region 4 Director, Janice Morreale, Horry County Schools
- Region 8 Director, Jamie Devine, Richland One School District
- Region 12 Director, Annie E. McDaniel, Fairfield
By Susie Rhodes
Update from Anderson 4 (Oct 1, 3:26pm)
7 months ago
We will continue to provide love and support to all in our schools and community as we work together to get through this tragic event. Townville, you are not alone. It is our hope that we all come together in a state of grace and peace as we support one another in the coming days and weeks. We need each other; we cannot get through this alone.
We ask all to join us in praying for and supporting Jacob’s family and the others injured in the shooting.