IRONDALE, AL (WBRC) - The vote is in, and people in Irondale say 'no' to a property tax increase.
Irondale Mayor Charles Moore was hoping for a different outcome. Mayor Moore said it was close.
Those voting against the property tax increase beat out those for it by just 90 votes. There were 639 votes for and 729 votes against the proposal.
On the ballot Tuesday, whether to increase Irondale's tax rate by 6 mills per year, which is roughly $60 more on a $100,000 home.
Mayor Moore said the projected budget deficit for this year is $1.6 million, and that tax increase would have made up for half of it.
"We're going to have to look at the big picture now and say that the slight majority of the residents decided that they did not want to invest in the city and the services that we have. And we're going to have to make tough decisions going forward," he said.
This was the first property tax vote in Irondale in 20 years.