Jefferson voters to consider 8 mill property tax renewal

Monday, January 23, 2006
News staff writer

Voters in the Jefferson County school district will decide Tuesday whether to renew two property taxes. The 5 mill and 3 mill taxes bring county schools about $15 million a year.

Leeds and Trussville school district residents also will vote Tuesday in their own special elections to approve the same taxes for their systems.

When county voters approved the 8 mills in 1992, Leeds and Trussville were part of the county system.

If voters reject the taxes, they will expire in 2007. If approved, they'll last 29 more years. The tax costs $80 a year on a $100,000 home.

County school Superintendent Phil Hammonds last week wound down a quiet, month-long tour of parent, teacher and business groups where he pushed for the tax renewal.

Hammonds said it's critical that voters renew the taxes, revenue from which has gone toward hiring teachers, renovating schools and restoring programs.

There are two items on the ballot, one for each tax. To renew the full 8 mills, voters must approve both measures.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Only voters in the county school district, Trussville and Leeds will vote in the referendum. Voters should bring a photo ID. For information on polling places, call Jefferson County Board of Registrars at 325-5550.


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