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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...
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)
Updated: Jul. 10, 2018 at 5:20 PM CDT
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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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