Baldwin County

Spanish Fort Council takes no action on property tax hike, returns in May

UPDATE 4/16/19

Spanish Fort's mayor says no action was taken at Monday night's meeting.  He says the issue will be on the agenda again May 6th.  

ORIGINAL STORY

Spanish Fort, Ala. (WKRG) -- A proposed property tax increase for Spanish Fort Schools may move forward with a vote Monday night.  Members of the city council will meet later today to discuss the issue.

In the past, school property tax increases haven't been received well in Baldwin County as a whole.  Making it an intensely local issue may move the idea forward.

The proposal is a three-mil property tax increase. The money would be earmarked for arts and academics at all four campuses in Spanish Fort.  When we've asked people about it, it's gotten a mixed reaction.  For the most part, people with children or siblings in the Spanish Fort feeder pattern supported the idea.  It's been four years since the "Build Baldwin Now" property tax defeat.  A precinct in Spanish Fort was one of the few to have a slim majority of voters vote in favor of new property tax increases in 2015.  

The city council has a work session starting at 4:30 at the Spanish Fort Community Center.  The City Council meeting follows at 6 pm.  I emailed Michael McMillan over the weekend who wrote the item is on the agenda as a vote to request a referendum.  Ultimately voters in Spanish Fort and the surrounding school feeder pattern will have the final say if this is on the ballot.  

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