TRUSSVILLE, AL (WBRC) - People living in the city of Trussville will vote today on whether to increase property taxes to increase funding for schools and city services.
Residents are voting on a plan to increase property taxes by 7.5 mills, from the current 5 mills to 12.5 mills. The new tax would be divided between the city and the schools, with schools to receive 5.0 mills of the increase and the city to receive the remaining 2.5 mills.
If approved, taxes on a $100,000 house would go from $50 to $125 per year.
Trussville Mayor Eugene Melton says the tax increase is needed to help cover the loss of tax revenue from the state and local businesses. Melton says several school projects, including rennovations to the former middle school, have been put on hold. He says without a "yes" vote, the city's "first class schools" could suffer.
Residents will be able to vote from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. today at city hall or the First Baptist Church of Trussville.
For more information, visit the city of Trussville website at www.trussville.org.
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