Opposition weighs in on Pike Road referendum - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Opposition weighs in on Pike Road referendum

Ballot question Ballot question
PIKE ROAD, AL (WSFA) -

For a select group of Pike Road preservationists, the upcoming tax referendum vote is about more than money.  It's about sustaining a rural lifestyle during a tough economy.

Dr. Joe Scanlan explains, "It's the wrong amount of money, the wrong time, and the wrong place.  It has the whole town divided."

In Pike Road there are two significant groups: the preservationists and the patriots.  Both want a school system, but have different ideas about how to fund it.

The patriots are in full support of the tax referendum, and a school at the Waters.  As for long-time Pike Road residents like Dr. Joe Scanlan, "I think there are ways to do this.  We do not have the base or businesses.  All the burden will fall on homeowners."

Scanlan says the town must be secure before building a school system.  From a fiscal perspective, this doesn't add up, "If someone asked me to vote yes for education in Pike Road, I would pledge yes.  But then when I realize what the tax implication is."

The Town of Pike Road's study on the economic impact of the proposed property tax shows families with a $220,000 home, would pay a total of $3,500 over 8 years.  The flip side, a new school system could result in that typical home's property value rising as much as $45,000.

"We need city services.  We are putting the cart before the horse.  We are building a school to help shape a town.  Let's build the town, then build the school everyone in Pike Road wants."

A group of Pike Road residents, asking their neighbors to do the math and make a calculated decision before heading to the polls on October 11th.  

Copyright 2011 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Unsafe bleachers forcing Billingsley football team to play games on road

    Unsafe bleachers forcing Billingsley football team to play games on road

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-08-22 04:31:00 GMT
    (Sources: WSFA 12 News)(Sources: WSFA 12 News)

    Billingsley High School will be forced to play all of its football games this season on the road due to structural issues to the bleachers at Mims Field.

    More >>

    Billingsley High School will be forced to play all of its football games this season on the road due to structural issues to the bleachers at Mims Field.

    More >>
  • Arrest made in Bragg Street shooting in Montgomery

    Arrest made in Bragg Street shooting in Montgomery

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:29 PM EDT2017-08-22 03:29:36 GMT
    Curtis London (Source: Montgomery County Jail)Curtis London (Source: Montgomery County Jail)
    Montgomery police have made an arrest in the Sunday morning Bragg Street shooting of 23-year-old Marcus Cooley. Curtis London, 29, of Montgomery has been arrested and charged with capital murder says Cpt. Regina Duckett. It was around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when both the Montgomery Police Department and Fire Medics responded to a subject shot in the 1200 block of Bragg Street. Upon arrival, authorities found Cooley, who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at t...More >>
    Montgomery police have made an arrest in the Sunday morning Bragg Street shooting of 23-year-old Marcus Cooley. Curtis London, 29, of Montgomery has been arrested and charged with capital murder says Cpt. Regina Duckett. It was around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when both the Montgomery Police Department and Fire Medics responded to a subject shot in the 1200 block of Bragg Street. Upon arrival, authorities found Cooley, who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at t...More >>
  • Alex City Rescue Squad, ALEA searching for missing boater on Lake Martin

    Alex City Rescue Squad, ALEA searching for missing boater on Lake Martin

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:03 PM EDT2017-08-22 03:03:10 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is assisting the Alex City Rescue Squad in an ongoing search on Lake Martin.

    More >>

    The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is assisting the Alex City Rescue Squad in an ongoing search on Lake Martin.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly