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Baldwin Superintendent Thanks Community for Yes Vote

Robertsdale, AL (WKRG)

Voters overwhelmingly renew a property tax to help fund schools in Baldwin County.  In the carline at Bay Minette Elementary School this morning, you'd be hard-pressed to find a parent who didn't vote yes on the one mil\ll Tuesday.

"I'm a teacher as well as a mother and it's important we do have that vote," said April after dropping a child off.  It's a sentiment echoed in other cars.

"Because I think it's important for the schools and the teachers," said another parent named Kim.  The vote secures a funding source for operational dollars to help with utility bills and other school needs. School officials say this vote makes them whole.

"[It] continues the 12 mills that the third largest school system in the state operates with now you show me another system this large that operates with two mills of discretionary money because 10 mills are basically dedicated," said Baldwin County Superintendent of Schools Eddie Tyler.  With 62 percent of people voting yes, it was a margin of victory that even surprised the superintendent.  Despite the win, Tyler says they're not going back to voters to ask for new revenue.

"I'm not going there, not on my watch, right now they have spoken they have supported the 1 mill I won't be going back to the voters for any taxes or any bonding," said Tyler.

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