Catoosa, Murray and Walker counties vote on tax for schools

photo Staff Photo by Ben Benton Catoosa County Public Schools Superintendent Denia Reese says the school system, and others across Georgia, face major financial challenges in the coming year. Officials have tried to bolster reserves to help fend off cuts, she says.

Three counties in North Georgia will ask voters today to renew penny sales taxes meant for education.

Catoosa, Murray and Walker counties have the education special purpose local option sales tax - ESPLOST for short - on ballots today.

Early voting ended Friday, so voters who care to vote on the taxes can do so at local polling places. Georgia law requires 50 percent plus one vote for the measures to be approved.

County school leaders say the taxes are sorely needed for building and capital-improvement projects.