JONESBORO — Clayton County school officials reported SPLOST IV collections were up this spring.
Chief Financial Officer Ken Thompson said the school board received $6 million in May from April collections of the 1-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
The amount is $1.84 million more than April 2012 collections and $2.23 million more than in March. The revenues are also the most collected since SPLOST IV began in January 2010.
Chairwoman Pam Adamson said she was pleased with the report and saw the news as an indication that the local economy may be trending for the better.
The five-year SPLOST IV revenue stream expires in December 2014. It has so far collected $158.6 million and is projected to bring in $289 million over its lifespan.
The revenues are dedicated to facilities, maintenance, transportation and technology improvements for the school system.
Chief Operations Officer Dr. Cephus Jackson said increased revenues help ensure that future renovation and building projects come to fruition.
He said 17 different SPLOST-funded construction projects are under way in Clayton County. Some are near completion and others are just getting off the ground.
Construction is ongoing at Anderson Elementary, Church Street Elementary, McGarrah Elementary, Northcutt Elementary, Pointe South Elementary, Riverdale Elementary, Swint Elementary, Babb Middle, Forest Park Middle, Lovejoy Middle, Mundy’s Mill Middle, Forest Park High, Morrow High, Mundy’s Mill High, Elite Scholars Academy, the Morrow Annex and the Performing Arts Center.
The system also has plans for additions and renovations at Harper Elementary, Lake Ridge Elementary, Tara Elementary, Fountain Elementary, West Clayton Elementary, Oliver Elementary, Lake City Elementary, Suder Elementary, Lee Street Elementary, Kilpatrick Elementary and M.D. Roberts Middle.