MPS board continues exploring possible millage increase

MPS board continues exploring possible millage increase
Montgomery County School Board Meeting packed to capacity. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery County School Board approved a measure to give permission to the superintendent to seek guidance from an attorney about the best way to begin the conversation about a possible millage increase.

Montgomery County’s ad valorem taxes benefiting schools are among the lowest in the state.

MPS is bracing for cuts right now as they anticipate a $10 million deficit.

Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore says the cuts are inevitable and must be in place before school is out. Moore also says funds are something MPS needs right now.

“Anything over the state allocation is something the system pays for. Because our millage is so low we do not have that flexibility,” said Moore.

The board gave Moore permission Tuesday to enter into contract negotiations with Alan Zeigler, a Birmingham based attorney, who has worked on ad valorem school tax projects in districts around the state.​

"So he would do the research and say in Montgomery this is what you need to do in order to get it on the ballot. This is an expertise we don't have," said Moore.

Clare Weil, MPS board president, believes having his expertise would be invaluable.​

“He in himself isn’t a solution. He just gives us the pathway to ask for money,” said Weil. ​

Currently MPS is at 10 mills, the minimum required by the state. Weil and other board members believe this would be the first of many steps to change that and perhaps create a brighter future for students. ​Montgomery Schools gets less in tax revenue than any other of the major school systems.

“The first step is to untangle what we have to ask for. We need this money. We need to educate our children. We need to invest in our children,” said Weil. ​

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