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Early Voting in Walton County Ends Today

After today, the last opportunity to vote in the Walnut Grove and Loganville municipal elections and on the Walton County SPLOST and ELOST will be Nov. 8 - the day of the election.

Early voting ends at 5 p.m. today and so far, the number of people casting early ballots has been steady in , a little slow in Walton and Gwinnett counties and by 1 p.m. Friday, nobody in had cast an early ballot.

Officials in Walton County report just 300 early ballots cast by noon Friday and the city of Loganville had about 80, which officials say is a steady number for this particular election cycle with no presidential or governor's race and n mayoral race in the city. The following is an overview of who is on the ballot in the municpal elections in Loganville and Walnut Grove as well as the referendum items in the Loganville municipal election and in Walton and Gwinnett counties.

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There are two additional items on the ballot.

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Walnut Grove residents also have until 5 p.m. today to cast early ballots at running for a seat on the council. The candidates are:

•               Martin Browning,

•               Mary Hall,

•               Ealton Hudgins

•               Kevin Schultz (incumbent) 

•               Carol Witcher. 

Those in Walton County who wish to cast a ballot on the two referendums can do so until the end of today as follows:

Walton County: From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the county election offices at 303 S Hammond St., Suite 111, Monroe.

There are two items on the ballot.

•               Shall a special one percent sales and use tax be imposed in the special district consisting of Walton County for a period of time not to exceed 24 calendar quarters and for the raising of an estimated amount of $60,000,000 for the purpose of funding the following projects: (i) for the City of Monroe, (A) transportation, drainage and sidewalks, (B) public safety improvements, and (C) solid waste improvements; (ii) for the City of Loganville (A) water and sewer infrastructure projects, and (B) transportation improvement projects; (iii) for the City of Social Circle (A) roads, sidewalks and drainage improvements, (B) improvements and expansion of libraries, (C) water and sewer expansions and improvements, (D) public safety improvements including station and equipment, and (E) recreation and playground improvements and expansion; (iv) for the City of Good Hope (A) public safety projects, (B) parks and recreation expansions and improvements, (C) municipal facilities repair and upgrades, and (D) transportation and signage projects; (v) for the City of Walnut Grove (A) wastewater treatment facility and infrastructure, and (B) construction and improvements to roads, streets, sidewalks, drainage, and public parking; (vi) for the City of Jersey (A) water and sewer infrastructure expansions and improvements, (B) improvements and expansions to transportation, roads, streets and bridges; (vii) for the City of Between (A) construction of a new town hall and community building; and (viii) for the County (A) improvements, expansions and construction of roads, streets, bridges, sidewalks, signage and other transportation projects, (B) parks and recreation improvements and expansions, (C) construction and equipping of a 911 Center expansion, (D) acquisition, construction and equipping of two fire stations, (E) acquisition, construction and equipping of government building expansions, upgrades and improvements, (F) acquisition, construction and equipping of a new jail or jail expansion and (G) water and sewer expansions and improvements.

•               Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education Ballot Question. Shall a one percent (1%) sales and use tax for educational purposes continue to be imposed, levied and collected in Walton County, Georgia by Walton County School District and the City of Social Circle School District for a period of time not to exceed five years (20 calendar quarters), beginning immediately upon the expiration of the one percent sales and use tax for educational purposes which was continued by a majority of the voters of Walton County, Georgia in September 2007, and for the raising of not more than $56,575,000, for the purpose in Walton County School District of providing funds to pay the costs of acquiring, constructing and equipping a new elementary school and a new middle school; acquiring land for future school sites; acquiring, constructing and equipping renovation of and improvements to Carver Middle School; acquiring, constructing and equipping classroom additions at Youth Middle School; clearing and paving additional space for bus parking area; acquiring buses; acquiring hard copy and electronic textbooks; acquiring and installing computers, tablets, and related technology and equipment, technology infrastructure and other technology upgrades (including, without limitation, distribution of tablets to certain students, faculty and staff); development of new physical education/athletic facilities (including, without limitation, relocating a baseball complex from its existing site, which the Walton County School District expects to sell); adding to, renovating, repairing, improving, furnishing and equipping existing educational, administrative and physical education/athletic buildings, properties and facilities of the Walton County School District (including, without limitation, water conservation projects); and paying expenses incident thereto; and for the purpose in the City of Social Circle School District of providing funds to pay the costs of acquiring, constructing and equipping a new elementary school; acquiring, constructing and equipping a physical education/athletic complex; acquiring buses; acquiring textbooks; safety and security equipment and infrastructure; technology equipment and infrastructure; financing a portion of the cost of a regional facility for special needs students; adding to, renovating, repairing, improving, furnishing and equipping existing athletic/physical education facilities and other existing educational buildings, properties and facilities of the City of Social Circle School District, and paying expenses incident thereto. If the imposition of the tax is approved by the voters of Walton County, Georgia, such vote shall also constitute approval of the issuance of general obligation debt of Walton County School District in the aggregate principal amount of $10,000,000 for the above purposes.

Gwinnett County: From 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at the Gwinnett County Voter Registration and Elections Office, 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, in Lawrenceville. For more information, visit the Gwinnett County Elections website or call 678-226-7210.

•               In Gwinnett County, there is a special election with a referendum on whether to extend the Education Special Local Options Sales Tax for certain projects for a period of time not to exceed 20 calendar quarters to raise about $876 million to be distributed among the Gwinnett County School District and the City of Buford School District. For the purpose of funding the following projects:

(A) developing sites for and constructing and equipping new schools, support facilities and athletic facilities;
(B) making additions to, acquiring or renovating and equipping existing schools, 
support facilities and athletic facilities;
(C) purchasing and refurbishing school buses and other support vehicles;
(D) making existing lease/purchase payments with respect to the acquisition of new and existing schools and support facilities;
(E) modernizing technology and making systemwide technology improvements in the Gwinnett School District, and
(F) acquiring digital instructional materials, software, textbooks and library materials, at a cost of approximately $858,900,000.
If continuation of the tax is approved by the voters, it constitute approval of the issuance of general obligation debt of the Gwinnett County School District in a principal amount not to exceed $275,000,000 for the purpose of funding all or a portion of the Gwinnett projects.

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