The commission wants the report from county and city schools. Source: WBRC video
City schools declined to comment until seeing the formal request. The county hasn't yet commented. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -
Wednesday, Tuscaloosa County Commisioners asked for an audit of a one cent sales tax used by city and county schools for improvements.
The renewal of the one cent sales tax is about two years away and commissioners thought this would be the best time to hear from the school systems on how they spent their tax money. The next renewal is in June 2016.
Commissioner Stan Acker says over the last three years, the tax provided Tuscaloosa County Schools with $50 million and Tuscaloosa City Schools with $30 million.
Acker doesn't question that the money was spent appropriately but commissioners would like a look at how it was spent including what projects were completed, which ones aren't finished, what did they cost and did they come under budget.
Commissioners also want to hear about projects that are in the systems' longterm plans.
"We're at a point where we need to take stock of where we are, how much has come in, what's it been spent for and just ensure that we're on track for the programs and projects that we had originally discussed with the city and county school board," Acker said.
The commission wants the reports by the end of January. FOX6 tried to reach both school systems for comment. City schools have declined to comment until seeing the formal request and the county school system didn't return our messages.