LOXLEY, AL- Words like mistrust, mismanagement and lack of transparency were used to describe why Baldwin County voters overwhelmingly shot down a tax increase to build new schools and also voted to eliminate existing school taxes.
But when the board of education invited the public to attend a budget hearing in Loxley Thursday night, about 20 people showed up.
Of those 20, most were members of civic groups and political or educational organizations. The average parent did not attend.
CFO John Wilson highlighted the 1,600 page balanced and streamlined budget, which is 18 million less than this year’s budget.
That’s the good news, but the long-term financial stability of the school system is a concern, particularly if the renewals aren’t voted back in.
The board will hold another public budget hearing September 3rd at 5:30pm in Loxley.