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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

Tuesday evening, Auburn City Council unanimously voted in favor of sending a request to the Alabama State Legislature to raise property taxes for education in Auburn.

"This was a request specifically from the school board to ask the legislature to let the citizens of Auburn vote on a nine mill property tax for construction of schools," explained Auburn Mayor Bill Ham.

This property tax is for a proposed new high school located on Samford Road, as well as other improvements to several schools. These developments would cost the city more than $95 million.

Also, with Auburn schools increasing population at a rate of nearly 400 students a year, the need for space will continue to be an issue for years to come.

"It's quite simply a matter of running out of space and needing to build additional schools, specifically high schools, which is about the most expensive to build," said Ham.

The legislature will discuss whether a referendum should be allowed on the Auburn ballot.

The earliest Auburn residents will have an opportunity to consider this new tax will be in August of this year.

Superintendent of Auburn City Schools, Karen DeLano, hopes residents will vote yes for the tax increase.

"We'll have to convince citizens that this is the right thing to do and they do have a choice. It is certainly taxation with representation," explained DeLano.

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