Monday night Northport learned if it's feasible for the city to start it's own school system.
Over the past few months, a study has been underway to measure if the city could support its own system of nine schools. The study's author says that it would be possible for the city to do this but it could come with a multi-million price tag just to start.
The study shows that Northport may have to pay between $3 million and $4 million just to start their own system and it could take millions of dollars each year to maintain it. This could be supported through the one cent sales tax.
City councilors said earlier Monday that they will take the news with open minds and won't make any quick decisions.
"It will give the council an opportunity to kind of digest the information first and then decide where you want to go from there," Council President Jay Logan said. "I think this is the first step in a very, very long process."
Residents at Monday's meeting asked officials to keep them involved in the process by holding public hearings and even putting the decision to a public vote.
Mayor Bobby Herndon says the presentation will likely be followed by a series of public meetings discussing the findings. He says if the city moves forward with the idea, he believes it could be something the city council takes action on or it could be put up for a public vote.
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