Butler County school officials take next step in proposed property tax hike

Butler County school officials take next step in proposed property tax hike
Butler County Schools Superintendent Dr. John Strycker is proposing a $6 million tax increase that equates to an extra $3.75 per month for more funding for schools. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

BUTLER COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Butler County school leaders will take a step closer this week in putting a property tax hike on the ballot.

Superintendent Dr. John Strycker is proposing a $6 million increase that would provide more funding for county schools. The current ad valorem tax is $12 million. The Butler County school board is meeting on Thursday to iron out a few details, including some possible dates for voters to decide on the proposed hike.

"We will have information for our community for them to see. The point I want to emphasize is, again, we're not getting greedy. We feel under a dollar a week, it's fair to ask the average taxpayer," said Dr. Strycker.

Dr. Strycker said using an average home worth $75,000  the $6 million increase would equate to an extra $3.75 per month in property taxes. State records show Butler County ranks 133 out of 137 in terms of local funding support for local schools. Strycker believes voters will get a chance to vote either this year or early next.

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