SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) — Members of Spanish Fort’s City council are digesting what a lot of people had to say about a proposed tax increase to help fund local schools. They held their first public hearing on the issue last night.
We’re talking about a three-mil property tax increase with money specifically earmarked only for the Baldwin County schools in the Spanish Fort city limits.
Property tax increases for schools aren’t necessarily popular in Baldwin County. Sunday marked four years to the day that the Build Baldwin Now property tax vote failed to pass.
One of the odd parts about the voting breakdown is that the referendum got the most support in eastern shore communities like Spanish Fort. A closer look at results shows Spanish Fort precinct was the only spot where some of those new tax increases received a majority of the vote. It is possible that support could surface again if this is just a local issue. A city official told us only 10 people spoke during Monday night’s public hearing.
We got mixed reactions when we asked people about it last week. If approved by the city government voters within the Spanish Fort school feeder pattern would have to authorize it in a referendum of their own. The Spanish Fort City Council is expected to take up the property tax question next month, according to the city clerk, ironically it’s scheduled for April 15th, tax day.