COPY-Chickasaw voters reject property tax hike

CHICKASAW, Ala. (AP) - Chickasaw voters have rejected a proposal to raise their property taxes to support the community's recently formed school system.

Chickasaw schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff tells ( that Tuesday night's vote on whether to raise taxes by 7.5 mills was overwhelmingly "no." He did not have official results.

With the average home in Chickasaw valued at $80,000, the property tax hike would have averaged about $60 a year per property owner. It would have brought in about $350,000 more to the school system's $6 million annual budget.

Had the vote passed, the money would have been used to add more electives for high school students, to continue to provide bus transportation and to repair school facilities.

Chickasaw split from the Mobile County school system.

Information from: Press-Register,

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