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WATCH WAFF: Athens residents head to the polls for special election; Overnight chase ends with one in custody

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Athens residents hits the polls

Residents in Athens are headed to the polls to decide whether or not raise property taxes. If voters choose to raise the property tax, residents would see a nearly $150 increase in their property tax, with the funds benefiting Athens city schools. School leaders say this is the best plan to build two new schools and upgrade the others, but some say it's just too much and that it might force some retirees and low-income families out of Athens. The tax increase would fund a $74-million dollar bond, which would add two new schools and renovate others.

This vote has not been without controversy, though. State Auditor Jim Zeigler believes Athens City Schools violated Alabama state law on four separate occasions by using taxpayer funds to  campaign for a "yes" vote. Athens City Schools held a news conference minutes after Zeigler's, denouncing what he said and telling the group they've done nothing wrong or illegal - and Monday morning, received backing from Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

Overnight chase leads to arrest

A chase overnight led to the arrest of one person. The car chase ended at the intersection of Sparkman Drive and Pulaski Pike. Huntsville police had one person in custody, taking him to the Metro Jail.

We hope you'll join Margo Gray, Trent Butler and David Ernst for WAFF 48 News this morning. Remember, you can always watch online at or by tapping "Watch Newscasts" on your WAFF News mobile app.

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