Madison County school tax set for renewal in December vote

The taxes currently bring in more than 50 million dollars of revenue. That money goes towards the three school systems in Madison County.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 5:35 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2018 10:25 AM

The Madison County Commission announced Wednesday you’ll will also vote on a tax to help fund every school in the county.

The ad valorem taxes are part of your property taxes and go directly to the schools.

The taxes currently bring in more than $50 million of revenue. That money goes towards the three school systems.

This isn’t a new tax. You’re already paying it. December’s vote just keeps the money flowing.

Huntsville Superintendent Matt Akin describes what the money means to his school system.

"It impacts programs that we have that are really impactful to our students. Whether it be green power, cyber security, all the AP courses that we have. We are really proud of all the opportunities for our students. You can't cut $37.5 million and not have personnel issues," he said.

Huntsville City Schools would lose $37.5 million, Madison County Schools would lose $14.3 million, and Madison City Schools would lose $6.5 million.

Madison City Schools Superintendent Robby Parker told WAAY 31 losing the money would force his district to make severe cuts.

"If this tax wasn't renewed, then I think that everything would be on the table. Everything from extracurricular activities to programs to personnel, so we certainly hope we never get to that point," he said.

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