A sign supports the tax increase for Trussville City Schools. Source: WBRC video
Supporters say part of the money would help Trussville schools get rid of their portable classrooms, making the schools safer. Source: WBRC video
Money from the tax increase would also help transform the old Trussville high school into a new elementary school. Source: WBRC video
A new elementary school would also be built in Magnolia Place. Source: WBRC video
Arnold Reicheart, president of the Cahaba Project Homeowners Association, supports the tax increase. Source: WBRC video
TRUSSVILLE, AL (WBRC) -
Voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide if they want to raise their property taxes for city schools. The seven mil property tax increase would generate about $2 million.
There are a number of signs in Trussville supporting the tax increase, including homeowners who don't have children in the school system.
"I believe this is a good move for he city. I believe it helps my property value and believe it will help the children in the area," Larry Hancock said.
Trussvillle City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill said after the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many in the city want to make their schools safer by getting rid of portable classrooms. Neill said that would be difficult for voters to say no on Tuesday.
"The conditions are overcrowded and it's not safe as we would like it to be, and somehow we will have to cope with what we have," Neill said.
Superintendent Neill points out how Trussville is growing. The money will be used to turn the old high school into a new elementary school and a new elementary school will be built in Magnolia Place.
Arnold Reicheart, President of the Cahaba Project Homeowners Association just down the road from the old Hewitt Trussville High School, supports the increase. Reicheart, a former teacher, calls the vote an investment.
"Not only it does it increase our property values and the desirability of living in Trussville, but we have so many young families and they need a place close to home," Reicheart said.
Not all agree. There are some signs opposing the tax vote and some who object to their tax burden. Neill would still urge them to vote 'yes.'
"It's a vote for the entire community and it sets the course of Trussville City Schools," Neill said.