Tuscaloosa Co. and Northport voters head to polls next month on proposed school property tax increase

Published: Jan. 26, 2023 at 5:09 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2023 at 8:13 PM CST
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TUSCALOOSA CO., Ala. (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa County voters have a decision to make next month - the decision whether to approve a property tax millage increase to give more money to county schools.

Thursday night is the second of six public meetings on the proposal. At Tuscaloosa County High School, voters will get a chance to learn more about the proposed millage increase.

County school leaders say they need the additional funds because they are just getting by with what they have. The proposed 8 mill increase would bring in an additional $15 million per year, according to school district officials.

So if your home is valued at $100,000, then you would pay $75 more per year in property taxes.

David Patrick says the last time voters went to the polls on a property tax increase proposal was 1997 and it was soundly defeated.

It’s important to keep in mind only residents living in Tuscaloosa County and Northport can vote on the matter. That translates to around 87,000 people. The election is set for Feb. 14.

The public meeting at Tuscaloosa County High School begins at 6 p.m. Thursday night.

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