Canton-Sixes Election Guide
Although voters had their say on many issues in July, there is is still a state-wide school choice amendment and a county-wide sales tax question on the November ballot.
Although the biggest question on the Nov. 6 ballot is who will become the next President of the United States, that doesn't mean voters have no Georgia-centric issues to weigh in on.
The sole issue on the statewide ballot is House Resolution 1162. If this resolution is passed, Georgia's constitution will be amended to allow the state to approve and fund local charter schools.
H.B. 797, which relies on the passage of H.R. 1162 to become effective, will restore the state's charter schools commission after a state Supreme Court decision ruled the body unconstitutional.
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However, Cherokee school board members voted 4-2 during an April meeting to endorse a resolution that urges Georgians to reject the amendment, which they fear will take away from local districts.
A Cherokee-only ballot question will ask if voters want to enact a 1% sales tax that will go towards reducing the property tax burden of landowners. At a recent forum to discuss the HOST tax, Cherokee officials confirmed that 100% of the money received from the HOST would go towards property tax reductions.
Opponents of the plan have asserted that the regressive tax will hurt far more Cherokee residents than it will help, and claim that there is no guarantee that this sales tax will prevent other tax increases.
A second forum is planned for Oct. 4.
Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election.