Dale County Board of Education suing ALSDE, others - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Dale County Board of Education suing ALSDE, others

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
DALE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) -

The Dale County School Board of Education has filed a civil suit against the Alabama State Department of Education, the Dale County revenue commissioner and two city boards of education.

Dale County Board of Education officials filed the suit after the state BOE directed them to include Enterprise and Dothan City boards of education in their school tax distribution, according to Dale County Schools Superintendent Ben Baker.

A news release from the Dale County Board of Education stated:

It is the belief of the Dale County Board of Education that this new tax distribution scheme dictated by the Alabama State Department of Education is contrary to law and will have irreparable harm to the Dale County School system if allowed to continue.

The taxpayers of Dale County pay sales taxes and Ad Valorem taxes to benefit and support schools within Dale County, Alabama. Surrounding school districts with open enrollments should not benefit from the taxpayers of Dale County. Tax receipts collected in Dale County, Alabama (sales, property, and other Ad Valorem) should remain in Dale County for the purpose as described by law, “to be distributed to local boards of education within the county”.

According to the  news release, the distribution scheme by the ALSBOE in Montgomery will cost Dale, Ozark, Daleville city school systems hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

We have reached out to the ALSDE for a response.

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