Cullman County looking to tax increase to prevent cuts

By Melanie Posey

CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Cullman County schools are hoping for a tax increase will prevent cuts in their school system next year.   

A referendum that will be on the June first primary ballot will call for voters to increase the county's sales tax by a half cent.  

"It is critical.  It's is necessary," says Superintendent Hank Allen.  "There's no good time to pass a tax.  But this is really not about passing a tax.  It's about equity and being fair to our students."  

If the measure passes, sales tax in Cullman County would go from 8 cents to 8 and a half cents on every dollar.

With election day quickly approaching, the school system would like to send out informational as well as promotional literature on the issue, but there are questions about the legality of the system supporting a political activity.  So supporters, like Goodhope Middle School principal Alan Dunkling, have turned to the four by four rule: he tells four people who tell four more people and so on.

 "You look at it and say, 'If we do it today, what about tomorrow?'  It's all about our kids, our kids are our future.  Our future is here and now."  

While this tax mainly focuses on the county schools, Cullman City schools will get 20% of the money.

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