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$58 Million school tax levy, House District 4 Republican nominee to be decided next week

For some voters in Limestone, Madison and Morgan it’s not just the U.S. Senate race they’ll decide next Tuesday.

Posted: Dec 5, 2017 7:58 PM
Updated: Dec 5, 2017 8:36 PM

With the special election just one week away, most of the attention has been on the U.S. Senate race between Roy Moore and Doug Jones.

For some voters in Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties it’s not just the U.S. Senate race they’ll decide next Tuesday.

Besides the U.S. Senate seat there are two other ballot items for voters who live in those three Tennessee Valley counties.

School officials representing districts in Madison County held a news conference to encourage voters to renew four school tax levies Tuesday. The ad valorem vote could mean the difference between keeping and losing $58 million annually for Huntsville, Madison and Madison County schools. Madison City Superintendent Robby Parker stressed to voters that the measure is not a tax increase, but rather a continuation of what they’re already paying.

“If we lost that money it would come out of staff and operations. Our house payment is what it is, you can’t change your house payment and our mortgage is what it is and so for us if we lost $6.5 million it would come out of staff and programs, and you can only imagine how that would hurt our kids,” Parker said.

Morgan County election officials were also preparing for the upcoming special election. Probate Court Judge Greg Cain spent the day training poll workers Tuesday ahead of the House District 4 Republican primary. The previous representative was removed from office earlier this year. Now residents who live in that district, which includes parts of Morgan and Limestone County, will elect the GOP nominee.

“It's two separate elections. One is a primary and one is a general election, so they could not go on the same ballot,” Morgan County Judge of Probate Greg Cain explained. “There will actually be two different lines. There will be two check-in points. There will be two separate ballots, two different machines to count the ballots, so everything is completely separate.”

Judge Cain also told WAAY 31 crossover voting will not be an issue next week.

Registered voters have until Thursday to request an absentee ballot.

The Special Election is Tuesday, December 12.

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