HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Voters have elected to update codes to re-establish an ad valorem tax for Huntsville City Schools.
The vote passed by an overwhelming 91 percent margin in Tuesday’s special election.
Officials say this now ensures Huntsville residents in Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties pay equally to fund Huntsville City Schools.
If you live within the school district, the measure sends your taxes to the school system.
What it doesn’t do is increase the amount you pay in taxes.
“Today’s vote validates our city’s support of education. A strong education system is paramount for a successful and thriving city, and this vote cleared the way for sustainable education funding to ensure Huntsville’s students have all the resources they need to be ready for college and careers,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said in a statement.
Christie Finley, superintendent for Huntsville City Schools, also gave a statement:
“Today’s election was a great opportunity for our city to voice their support of our school system. After reviewing tonight’s results, all I can say is that I am humbled by our community’s resounding support. Tonight, the vote passed by a margin of over ninety percent. I am still in awe of our amazing community and it’s belief in our schools, our teachers, and our students. We know that our students will be the work force of Huntsville’s tomorrow, and this vote shows our city’s commitment to growing and developing that work force. On behalf of the board of education and the entire Huntsville City Schools family, I want to thank everyone who helped support this process. I am so grateful for all of the voters who braved the weather to support our schools today. As my team works to help our schools finish the fall semester strong, we do so knowing that we have your support. My commitment to you is that we will continue working to earn that support. Thanks again and have a great holiday season.”