UPDATE: Property tax renewal passes in special election

UPDATE: 02/13/18 9:20 p.m.

The vote is in and residents of Opelika have approved the tax renewal for the City of Opelika. The unofficial tally of votes were 1,323 for the tax and 72 votes against.

Superintendent, Dr. Mark Neighbors and Mayor Gary Fuller were both pleased with the results.

“I would like to express my appreciation to the citizens of Opelika for renewing the 5 mill tax to
support education in the Opelika City Schools. The local funds generated by this tax are
extremely important to us and will help our schools continue to provide excellent opportunities
for our students. We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our community,” said Dr.
Neighbors.
Mayor Fuller added, “This local revenue is critical for the continued success of programs like
band, choral, career tech, technology, instructional coaches and more. These programs are far reaching and are critical to workforce development and industries. We are grateful to the
people of Opelika for seeing the need and supporting our school system.”

ORIGINAL STORY

OPELIKA, Ala. - Opelika voters are deciding if they want to renew a half-percent property tax dedicated to city schools.

This is not a new tax, it's been in existence for 53 years. The tax brings in about $2 million each year for Opelika City Schools. 

Keep in mind, this vote only happens every 30 years. So voters will be deciding whether to keep the tax in place for the next three decades.


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