Athens voters defeat school tax proposal

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Voters in Athens have defeated a school tax proposal by a wide margin.

Residents rejected a 12-mill tax increase by a margin of 64 percent to 36 percent in balloting Tuesday. They also turned down a proposed bond issue for school construction.

The new property tax would have funded capital projects worth more than $70 million for Athens city schools.

Superintendent Trey Holladay says the system now must find a different way to move ahead with school renovations and new buildings.

Voters in several other school districts have rejected tax increases for public schools in recent months.

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