TUSCUMBIA — The city’s board of education Tuesday night approved a resolution seeking the Colbert County Commission’s permission to add two separate millage renewal taxes to an already-scheduled countywide referendum April 9.
Tuscumbia school board attorney Jimmy Hughston explained that the two renewals to be voted on countywide are a 1- and 3-mill tax.
In addition, the Tuscumbia school system has a 5.5- and 3-mill tax that will be up for renewal within two years.
“We’re asking the county to go ahead and let us vote to continue those taxes as well because the County Commission has the expense of putting on the election,” Hughston said. “This would mean less time and expense if we (combined) them.”
Tuscumbia schools Superintendent Mary Kate Smith stressed that the taxes aren’t new.
“It’s vital to our system that we continue on with these taxes, and we can’t stress enough that they’re just renewal taxes,” she said. “We aren’t asking for new tax money, we just need what we’ve had to be continued.”
The three city school districts in Colbert County are seeking to have their individual upcoming renewal taxes all placed on the countywide ballot during the April 9 election in an effort to help save the expense of separate elections.
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