Pike Road council passes resolution to raise taxes for schools

PIKE ROAD, AL (WSFA) - The Pike Road Town Council this morning passed a resolution enabling leaders to present a proposal to the Alabama Legislature to taxes to fund its school system. The council chose an option that would create a 25 mil increase on property that would fund and operate a K-12 school.

If the Legislature approves the bill, the council could amend the proposed tax before putting it to a vote of the residents.

The council chose the option over two others that would have provided funding at higher and lower levels. The higher level would have funded extra amenities, such as special teachers. Leaders have said they will add the extra amenities later.

The third option would have funded a K-8 school system.

If it passes, the proposal would mean a significant increase in taxes.

In a heavily attended meeting Tuesday night, some residents felt it was worth it.

Mike Hall, a Pike Road resident, said his children are grown, but he would support a tax hike for a new school system.

"I realize that the future is in this school system," Hall said. "It's a win-win situation as far as I'm concerned."

Another resident at the meeting echoed Hall's sentiment.

"I would at least like the 25 mill addition, and I'm even for the highest, I think going for it all and getting it done right is the best way to do it," said Garrett Cook.

But not everyone was convinced it's the way to go.

"I'm sympathetic to the concept of schools, but it's a major financial commitment, a long-term commitment that doesn't go away," said Susie Harrigton, who lives near Pike Road.

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