On Nov. 7, Statesboro will hold a city election, with three candidates vying for mayor. All Bulloch County registered voters are eligible to vote in the ESPLOST referendum that same day.
For county or city residents who are not registered or who have moved, Tuesday, Oct. 10 is the deadline to register to vote. Voters can go to www.mvp.sos.ga.gov to check their voter registration or register online. The Bulloch County Board of Elections and Registration office is in the county annex at 113 North Main St., Suite 201, Statesboro.
The early voting period for both elections is Oct. 16 through Nov. 3, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The only early voting location will be the elections office annex.
Same days, 2 elections
The city and county elections are separate, requiring different ballots. Registered voters who live in the Statesboro city limits can vote in both. Bulloch County residents everywhere outside Statesboro can vote only on the sales tax referendum.
“We’re doing two separate elections at one time,” said Bulloch County Election Supervisor Patricia Lanier Jones.
The ESPLOST, or Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, proposal from the Bulloch County Board of Education would extend an existing 1 percent sales tax for five additional years.
The tax would be capped at a maximum $62 million during that time, but recent revenue trends put the forecast closer to $52 million. The referendum question also seeks to authorize up to $40 million in general obligation debt, meaning that the board could borrow that much for projects and purchases and pay off the loans with EPLOST proceeds.
Unlike previous five-year installments of the tax, which went mainly to build and thoroughly renovate schools, this one would be used for safety and security equipment; instructional and technology resources including software and textbooks; buildings and land including athletic facilities, roofs and air conditioning systems; and equipment ranging from school buses to copiers.
The yes-no referendum question is the only item on the county ballot.
City mayoral race
Meanwhile, Statesboro’s city election features the race for mayor among candidates John Grotheer, Jonathan McCollar and incumbent Jan Moore.
District 1 City Councilman Phil Boyum and District 4 City Councilman John Riggs appear on the ballots for their districts but are unopposed.
None of the other three towns in Bulloch County will have a city election since all their candidates who qualified are unopposed.