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Auburn Approves School District Request for "High School" Tax

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Auburn school officials hope a new high school would help the overcrowding at the current one. Auburn school officials hope a new high school would help the overcrowding at the current one.

A new Auburn High School is closer to becoming reality.

The city council voted Tuesday night to have a special election in September where voters can approve a tax hike to pay for the new school. 

By a unanimous vote, the Auburn City Council put the fate of a new high school into the taxpayer's hands. The school board made their case as to why the money is needed.

"Without additional local funds, Auburn schools will be in jeopardy as we have to flexible funds that we have got to meet the demands of the student growth," said Matt Clegg, Auburn School Board President.

And the council is enthused about the upcoming election.

"No stone will be unturned as we get these people out to vote. We will do that in our district. I believe we will have a great number of people come out to vote," said Ward 1's Arthur Dowdell.

The school already has tentative plans and a proposed site. It will be a nine mill increase for taxpayers which is more than $8 million a year collectively. They say they need a new school because the system has grown by nearly 3,000 students in the last decade.

This whole process started back in the fall when the school board approached the council saying they needed a new school because the high school was too small. Then the Alabama Legislature approved a special election for it.

Citizens will now determine if they want the school to be built.

"There are quite a few people that I run into that have children in the school system and they are very excited about the idea of a new high school," said Auburn City Manager Charlie Duggan. "The citizens of Auburn have always supported the schools in a huge way. We see that in talking to people every day."

 

The special election is on September 24th.

If the vote passes and there are no significant construction delays, the new high school would open in August of 2017.

 

 

 

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