Pike Road Council votes to put property tax increase for schools on ballot

PIKE ROAD, AL (WSFA) - The Pike Road Town Council voted to hold a referendum on whether property taxes will be raised for a new school system.  In September, voters will decide whether to raise their taxes by 16 mils.

That equates to a $160 hike on a $100,000 home.  That increase allows the town to build a K-12 school, but would start with students in grades K-8.  Students would then go to that same school throughout their careers, so they would finish high school in Pike Road.   After the vote, Pike Road town leaders say the process begins to convince voters that a tax increase is the right thing to do.

"To make sure we continue to be available to discuss the issues as it relates to the product: What is the school going to look like, what kind of curriculum are we going to offer, how to transition if you're currently in another school,"  said Gordon Stone, the Mayor of Pike Road.

The vote wasn't unanimous, Council Member Tommy Brassell voted against the plan.

"I think in this economy that to put this burden on this many people is very unsympathetic,"  Brassell said.

Some would-be voters are skeptical, but are undecided.

"I don't think that they have the number of people out here that would to support a school," said Maurite Scanlan, a Pike Road resident.   "But they say 16 mils with the residents we have here will support it and of course, they're hoping for growth."

The voters will have their say on September 8th.  If the vote is approved, Pike Road would then begin discussing a separation agreement with the Montgomery Public Schools.  The money Pike Road residents pay into MPS would go to the new Pike Road system instead.

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