There was a low voter turnout, but the outcome was a winning majority for Thomas County schools. A vote of yes for the sales tax, which will give county and city schools a projected $48 million.
Superintendent of Thomas County Schools, Dr. Larry Green, said, "Bottom line is everything is for our kids, what we're doing in our proposals are things that will make it better for our schools in Thomas County and Thomasville City Schools."
Dr. Dusty Kornegay is the director of administrative services for Thomasville City Schools and said, "We are very happy about it because we have some needs we would not have been able to meet any other way."
Projects for the school systems are new media centers, new heating and air conditioning systems, ceiling and lighting upgrades, more classrooms, and security upgrades just to name a few.
The yes vote in Grady County will give the county and the city of Cairo a projected $14 million. This will be for improving roads and bridges, and updating equipment for the volunteer fire department.
Chairman of the Grady County Board of Commissioners, Charlie Norton, said, "People say, ‘Well, I don't want to pay a sales tax.’ That's probably the fairest tax we have and everybody uses it."
Only 10 percent of Thomas County's 22,000 voters went to the polls, and only nine percent of Grady's 11,000 voters went to the polls.
Thomas County and Thomasville school administrators say they want to begin construction by the middle of summer.