are for schools
Not for a private power plant
Yes, Georgia Power and other Georgia power companies take school tax money to build their new power plant, Plant Vogtle.
Whatever your views on Plant Vogtle, redirecting school money for this non-school project is a misuse of school tax money.
Over 5 million school dollars is taken yearly from just 7 of the many Georgia counties. Yes, your school district pays too.
How does this happen?
The power company adds a special nuclear construction surcharge to schools' and almost everyone's electric bills.[picture below]
What to do to correct this?
You and other Georgia citizens can help change the law that Georgia Power wrote that lets them take school money for its new business power plant.
Tell your local District Representative and Senator about your view on school tax money redirected for a power plant.
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How much are they taking from our schools?
$30,000 taken yearly from Dade County Schools
$271,000 taken yearly from Chatham County Schools
$95,000 taken yearly from Richmond County Schools
$1,700,000 taken yearly from Gwinnett Schools
A small Georgia school district reported it could have hired a teacher with the taken money.
Chatham County could have hired four teachers.
$1,000,000 taken yearly from APS Atlanta Public Schools.
Money is taken from your school district schools too.
PTA moms & dads work to raise $528 for the school library. Then next month, Georgia Power takes $879 from the school for their power plant...and the next month...and the next month...and the next... this should STOP.
What is the Surcharge ?
It's like a tax, 10 % extra added every month on the school's electric bill...and on your electric bill, too.
Look for the "Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery" [NCCR] on your electric bill.
"Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery"
A sample letter [below] can help you explain this in writing or by calling your representative and senator.
Tell others about www.SaveSchoolMoney.org
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Dear [Senator / Representative],
This is to ask you to help get our schools free of the special “Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery” surcharge that is on the school electric bill.
Whatever your views on Plant Vogtle, redirecting school money...school tax money... for this non-school project needs to stop!
With schools all over our state already having to cut back in so many areas – it is wrong that MILLIONS OF SCHOOL DOLLARS are taken every year to be used on a private project.
Recently, the Georgia state attorney general's office and a lawyer for Georgia Power noted that state law, as written, mandates that the money "Shall" be taken.
Let's please amend that law to exempt schools before more millions are taken.
The law ought to read school money shall NOT be taken!
For the future of our young people, teachers, and schools, it is imperative that schools not be burdened by special surtax charges on their power bills.
I think more Georgians would agree with this than on most any other issue! It should not be a difficult legislative lift to give our schools a break.
Thank you for your consideration.