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Trussville expected to approve property tax referendum tonight

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council is expected to authorize a property tax election at its meeting today, scheduled for 6 p.m. at Trussville City Hall.

The vote of residents for or against a likely seven-millage property tax increase is expected to be Feb. 25, 2014.

The extra funds gained through a seven-millage property tax increase would fund two new community elementary schools. A seven-millage property tax increase would fund one community school in the Magnolia Place area and the renovation of the New Deal-era school building on Parkway Drive. Both schools would be equipped with Federal Emergency Management Agency-approved community tornado shelters.

A seven-mill increase would mean $70 per year extra in property taxes for homeowners who own homes appraised at $100,000. That number would be $140 per year on $200,000 homes and $210 per year on $300,000 homes.

The funds from the increase would also support school resource officers at all city schools and the possible retrofitting of existing schools to have community tornado shelters.

Public hearings about the possible increase are expected to be scheduled in January and February.

In March 2010, Trussville residents voted overwhelmingly against a property tax increase. That tax proposal was to be split between the city and the schools and included projects such as renovating or rebuilding the football stadium and renovating the Parkway Drive school property to relieve overcrowding at Paine Primary and Intermediate schools.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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