Taylor welcomes state champion Cass Middle
by Neil B. McGahee
Mar 20, 2014 | 1186 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor opened his public meeting Wednesday by recognizing the Cass Middle School state champion recycling team.

“We appreciate what these folks at Cass Middle School have been doing,” Taylor said. “They are the top recycling school in Georgia and we are very proud of that.”

“Recycle-Bowl” is an annual competition sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, a national nonprofit for elementary, middle and high school students. In 2013, nearly 700,000 students from 50 states and the District of Columbia gathered almost 6.4 million pounds of recyclables.

Taylor said the Cass team’s 22,000 pounds was the most collected among 64 participating Georgia schools.

“We [Cass Middle] have been active in the county competition for years,” Assistant Principal Gregg Hedden said. “We won year after year, so we decided to go to a higher level of competition. We never expected to win first place in our first year.”

Taylor moved on to the next plan, a request for a tax anticipation note for $14 million.

“A straightforward TAN allows us to pay our bills on time,” Taylor said. “Property taxes aren’t collected until the end of the year and that creates a problem if you need money now. A TAN is simply a short-term loan.”

Closing on the TAN is scheduled for April 1 and the due date is Dec. 31.

Taylor signed the papers authorizing the note, then addressed the Cass students again.

“The greatest thing you can do is to educate the public, their families and your fellow students about how important recycling is for the next generation,” he said.