Local Superintendents and Students Urge Voters to Renew School Taxes on December 12th Ballot
As the December 12 election nears, school superintendents in Huntsville, Madison and Madison County urged citizens to renew important property taxes they’ll see on the ballot next week. The taxes in question are not new taxes, having been in place for decades and set to expire in a few years.
On Tuesday, Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Matt Akin, Madison City Schools Superintendent Robby Parker, and Madison County Superintendent Matt Massey spoke about the critical funding these bring in for the three systems.
“The ad valorem taxes support local school district programs to the value of $37 million in Huntsville City Schools. This dollar amount makes up approximately 15% of our budget,” said Dr. Akin. “Losing this amount of money would be detrimental to educational programs and offerings."
Mr. Parker shared, “We're here today to ask citizens to vote for the continuation of these school funding measures. Citizens before us voted to invest in our kids. It is our responsibility to ensure that this next generation has the same benefits.”
“Maintaining our current funding is vital to the continued success of the Madison County School System,” said Matt Massey.
The renewals mean $37.6 million for Huntsville City Schools, $6.5 million for Madison City Schools and $14.3 million for Madison County Schools per year. This is local funding not provided by the state, and the money supports hundreds of local teaching units and programs such as Pre-K, theater, Greenpower, robotics, Project Lead the Way, and the various career academies across our school systems.
“Our three systems rely on local funding to prepare more than 50,000 students for their futures each day,” said Elizabeth Fleming, Director of The Schools Foundation. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s future, and it is very important that we continue to support our schools.”
Students from the Academy for Academics and Arts’ Mr. Grumpy production also performed a brief excerpt from the play for attendees at the conference.