LEEDS, AL (WBRC) - Voters in Leeds have rejected a property tax increase that would have generated additional funds for use by the school system and the city.
Funds from the increase would have been used for upgrades by the board of education for projects including a new athletic complex for Leeds High School and funding for school security and programs.
The city would have used their portion of the funds to help build a new municipal complex including a library, gym, and office space.
The unofficial vote tally from Tuesday was 971 for the tax, 1,506 against.
Leeds Superintendent John Moore had the following to say about the outcome:
I want to thank all of you who worked tirelessly to promote our referendum for the school system and city. Things did not turn out as we had hoped. But in a democracy we abide with the will of the people, even when we don’t like the results. So many of you have complimented our wonderful school system as we have spoken these past weeks, and that has been wonderful to hear. Tomorrow the sun rises and we will be there to greet our 2,000 students with kindness and a desire to help.
The tax, had it been approved, would have increased property taxes for the owner of a $100,000 home about $90 per year.