Special Tax Districts A Viable School Funding Option?

School Funding Options
Alternative school funding options are under discussion in Baldwin County.

BAY MINETTE, AL- A little more than a week after one of two tax renewals failed at the polls in Baldwin County, school officials and county leaders are discussing additional funding ideas and options.

The failed, one mil tax renewal generates about four million a year, but all eyes are now on the looming, one percent or “penny” sales tax, which will sunset in 2018 unless lawmakers extend it.

One idea some are talking about is creating special, three mil tax districts for individual school feeder patterns.

Under the special tax district plan, voters in those specific communities would decide whether to increase taxes to help fund schools in their neighborhoods.

But special tax districts wouldn’t be effective if the countywide “penny” tax is allowed to expire in 2018 and that 40 million in revenue disappears.

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