Pell City voters to decide on property tax increase to fund school district

PELL CITY, Ala. (WIAT) – The Pell City School District hosted a public forum to discuss the proposed ad valerom tax package, which would help fund projects, among other things, to help the school system. The tax hike could bring schools $ 1.5 million to $ 1.7 million.

Pell City school leaders like school board member Lauri Henderson believe this should have happened a long time ago.

“It should have happened before now. It shouldn’t have taken 30 years and hopefully it won’t be another 30 years, ”said Henderson.

“Because our children deserve to have an education in a competitive 21st century educational environment,” said Superintendent Dr. James Martin.

Dr Martin explains exactly how it would all work.

“The $ 5 million property tax increase will net us about $ 1.5 million to $ 1.7 million per year,” said Dr Martin.

“And as he gets older, we’re going to keep trying to do things to meet the demands of these students throughout these 30 years,” said Dr. Martin.

But at Monday’s meeting, some people still had questions and concerns about the increase.

“You know, how much does it cost? How much is it? Someone asked.

“Good. You beat me. I will vote yes,” one person exclaimed.

Residents will vote on the issue on Tuesday. St. Clair County will hold a county-wide vote on a property tax increase that would also fund several schools. Residents of Pell City can calculate how much more it would potentially cost them here.

Penny D. Jackson