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Trussville property tax vote set for Feb. 25

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — A citywide election will be held next Tuesday for residents to vote whether or not to approve a seven-millage property tax increase to fund two new community elementary school in Trussville.

Polls will be located at Trussville City Hall and First Baptist Church of Trussville. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Trussville City Hall
photo by Gary Lloyd

Seven additional mills in property taxes would cost Trussville residents $70 per year on homes appraised at $100,000, $140 per year on homes appraised at $200,000 and $210 per year on homes appraised at $300,000.

A public forum was held Tuesday to discuss the potential increase. About 40 people attended last month’s public forum.

The plan, should the vote pass, is to renovate the city’s original high school in the Cahaba Project and to build a new school near the Magnolia Place subdivision. The schools will likely house 400 students each and could house as many as 500. Both schools would be equipped with Federal Emergency Management Agency-approved community tornado shelters.

Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill said the benefits of two new elementary schools are eliminating all portable classrooms at the Paine Elementary Campus, improving school safety with tornado shelters, improving the quality of education with smaller class sizes and increasing property values. More than 300 students at the Paine campus currently have classes in 13 portables.

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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