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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. - With one day before Super Tuesday, national and local campaign signs are scattered throughout Franklin County.  There’s one local vote which is grabbing headlines though: the renewal of a one-cent sales tax.

“This is vital,” said County Commission Chairman Barry Moore. “It’s very important for the school systems, both the city and the county and the county commission on this.”

In 2010, voters approved a one-cent sales tax to divide between the school systems in Franklin County and Russellville.

In 2014, voters added the Franklin County Commission to help raise money for ATRIP projects.

Tax collections in the 2014-2015 fiscal year put more than $750,000 in the coffers of the schools.

For the county commission, more than $500,000 was put towards matching funds for road projects.

Chairman Moore said they have been very transparent with the money received.

“I think we have to be held to showing where the tax dollars are going and I think we have been very good stewards of that, both the school system and the county," Moore said.

Moore just asks the 20,000 registered voters in Franklin County to get out and support the school systems and road projects Tuesday with their ballots.

The one-cent sales tax vote in Franklin County comes up for renewal every two years.  Educators have said if the tax is not renewed, numerous services will have to be cut within the schools.