Henry County resident head to polls for tax vote

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HEADLAND, AL (WSFA) - Henry county voters will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on two taxes, that would bring in needed funding for county schools.

It's been a difficult year for all Alabama schools.

Budget shortfalls left many looking for ways to fund programs and pay bills.

Like many school systems in the state, Henry County Schools are strapped for cash.

"We're doing the best we can with the very limited resources we have," says Dennis Coe, superintendant for Henry County Schools.

But hope lies in the special election that could bring in the funds the school system needs.

"And we just need a little bit extra to be able to maintain the quality programs we currently have," adds Coe.

The ballot will include a 1 mil property tax renewal, which voters failed to renew last year.  The money generated would cover utility bills and renovation projects but must get at least 60% of the vote to pass.

The other tax is a separate, 3 mil increases to help fund and keep the Navy JROTC programs at Headland and Abbeville high schools from closing.

Those programs have been anchored at the schools for decades.  If voters don't act they're gone, and the schools won't be able to get them back.

"We want to have good quality education, we want to have good facilities for the kids and we have a good reputation as a good school system and a little bit more money would help that I think," says Larry Wells, a Henry County Resident.

The new 3 mil tax would last for 8 years and the 1 mil tax renewal would continue for another 30 years.

The taxes would help generate more than 350,000 dollars.  Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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