Voters OK taxing in Limestone for Madison schools

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama voters have decided that some residents of Limestone County will pay a new 10.5 mill property tax to fund schools in the city of Madison.

The amendment passed in an extremely tight statewide vote by a 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent margin.

The passing margin was less than 8,700 votes out of more than 1.1 million cast.

The amendment - designed to end a tax disparity between two counties - was soundly defeated in Limestone County, where more than 61 percent voted no.

But it passed under a state law that only required a majority vote statewide for it to become law.

An almost identical amendment was on the ballot as a local amendment in 2004 and was defeated because it failed in Limestone County.

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