BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — On Tuesday, Sept. 17 voters in Spanish Fort and Fairhope will decide whether a 3-mill property tax is worth increased funding for school programs.
The tax would generate about $800,000 for academic and life-enhancement programs at the schools. It would cost residents $30 per $100,000 value of their homes. So a family with a $200,000 home would pay an increased $60 in property taxes per year. The plan would also sunset after 10 years in Spanish Fort and after 30 years in Fairhope.
Some people didn’t even know about the referendum vote until Monday, the day before. Michael Reinhart of Fairhope, for instance, wasn’t aware until we told him. When we asked if he wished he knew about it sooner, he said “Absolutely.”