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Pike Road voters approve property tax increase for schools

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 8:23 PM CDT
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PIKE ROAD, Ala. (WSFA) - Pike Road residents have narrowly approved a property tax increase over the next 30 years to help fund the local school system.

According to unofficial results, there were 59 more votes in favor of the increase than against it. There were 57 provisional votes, which does not affect the outcome.

Pike Road residents voted in favor of a property tax increase to help the local school system.
Pike Road residents voted in favor of a property tax increase to help the local school system.(Source: WSFA 12 News)

The 19 mill property tax increase will finance bonds to provide about $50 million to build a new high school.

The school system is asking for more than double what they collect now. Pike Road Schools currently gets 16 of the town’s 49 mills in taxes and 10 mills from the state.

This means an additional 19 mills on top of the 26 mills the system currently collects, bringing the total millage to 45.

This means an additional $15.83 per month in property taxes for a home with an assessed value of $100,000, or $190 more per year. The increase would be more for homes valued higher.

As the results came in, members of the school system could be seen getting emotional.

“It’s not just educators getting emotional. It’s parents, it’s people who’ve really worked hard to help see this vision come to fruition,” said Pike Road Schools Superintendent Chuck Ledbetter. “This is going to be a difference-maker for Pike Road Schools and for the Pike Road community, and so it is emotional, it is something that we’re excited to get to this point and now it’s time for us to go to work to show the people who voted ‘yes’ and the people who voted ‘no’ why this is a great thing for Pike Road.”

Mayor Gordon Stone says they remain committed to serving every member of the community, and this vote is just another step forward in making sure the town of Pike Road reaches its full potential.

“Yes, this vote is a wonderful endorsement of our school system and a great opportunity for us to move forward and build that high school, but it’s also a wonderful statement about the way people care about this hometown community. I couldn’t be prouder to be a mayor of Pike Road, Alabama than I am right now,” said Stone.

The tax increase goes into effect beginning Oct. 1, 2022. Tax collections will begin Oct. 1, 2023.

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