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By the numbers: Trussville property tax vote

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council on Tuesday approved of a property tax election to fund two new elementary schools.

The vote of residents for or against the seven-millage property tax increase will be Feb. 25, 2014. Public hearings are expected to be scheduled in January and February.

Trussville Mayor Gene Melton
file photo by Ron Burkett

Here are some numbers relating to the proposed increase:

  • 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, which has served as a high school and middle school. Both schools would be equipped with Federal Emergency Management Agency-approved community tornado shelters.
  • A seven-mill increase means $70 per year extra in property taxes for homeowners who own homes appraised at $100,000. That equates to $5.83 per month.
  • The increase means $140 per year extra in property taxes for homeowners who own homes appraised at $200,000. That equates to $11.66 per month.
  • The increase means $210 per year extra in property taxes for homeowners who own homes appraised at $300,000. That equates to $17.50 per month.
  • One mill of property tax in Trussville is equivalent to $300,000 per year. A seven-millage increase would generate $2.1 million per year for schools. The seven mills would be used for new construction, renovation, additions and operations of Trussville City Schools for 25 years.
  • Mayor Gene Melton said 8,200 letters were mailed to city residents, and about 8,000 were received by residents.
  • Melton said the most responses to a letter he has received since becoming mayor in 1996 were 200 to 300. This letter, which included a survey about the property tax and various city services, garnered 1,455 total responses.
  • Of the 1,455 responses, 1,102 included the person’s name, address and email address.
  • Of those 1,102 responses, 603 were in favor of the seven-mill property tax increase. There were 456 in opposition to it.
  • Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill said there are 14 portable classrooms at the Paine Elementary Campus.
  • Neill said about 90 percent of the school system’s employees think a property tax increase is a good idea.
  • Because each community elementary school would house about 400 students, that’s a maximum of six school buses per community elementary school because buses hold 70 students.

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