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million annually, all of which would be earmarked for education. Previously, residents paid 50.1 mills to the county in property taxes, with 30.1 earmarked for education in Jefferson County. If the 5 mills pass Tuesday, residents will pay 60.1 mills, which means the property tax on a home with an assigned $100,000 market value is $601 per year. That is $100 more per year than the tax charged when the rate was 50.1 mills.If the tax increase passes, Gardendale will receive a total of 40.1 mills for education. Birmingham area school systems that receive more than 40.1 mills are Hoover, Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills.Of course millage alone does not paint a full picture. Midfield, for example, has the fourth highest millage rate in Alabama, at 38.7 mills. Thanks to lower property values, it is ranked 120th out of 134 school systems in local revenue per student.A millage rate Converse All Star Black Monochrome Low Top Sneakers
have $2,623.47 of unrestricted funds per student. Without the 10 mill property tax, Gardendale would have $1,750.87 per student."Ten mills puts us in Vestavia category," said David Salters, a parent of two children at Gardendale Elementary. "Research shows that well funded, well run school districts always outperform large, mass school systems like Jefferson County."There are currently four county schools in Gardendale Snow Rogers and Gardendale Elementary schools, Bragg Middle School and Gardendale High School. Mount Olive Elementary is not currently in the city limits of Gardendale, but the elementary school feeds into Gardendale High.Many Mount Olive residents are wondering whether they will be allowed to attend the Gardendale schools if a city district is formed, but questions like that won't be answered until a school board is formed and a separation agreement is negotiated with Jefferson County schools.Decisions won't be easy:Negotiations could get messy, since the county has spent more than $55 million on Gardendale schools over the last few years, including $48 million on the new high school, which opened in 2010. The school has about 1,100 students today. A pro forma budget drafted by Carr, Riggs Ingram shows that the proposed enrollment if Gardendale separates from the county is around 660.
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Gardendale has never had a municipal property tax before now, but those who want to pull out of Jefferson County schools and form a smaller city school system say a 10 mill property tax is necessary to adequately fund the district. The City Council in September enacted the first 5 mills, a levy that does not require a referendum. On Tuesday, voters will decide whether to increase it by another 5 mills.Supporters of an independent school system, including the Gardendale Mayor and City Council, say it will increase property values, encourage young families to move into the city and provide a better education to students in Gardendale because there will be local control and more money. City leaders estimate the city school system would have about 2,200 students. Jefferson County has about 36,000 students in its schools."Having our own school system now will ensure that our sense of educational ideals, community values, and sound fiscal policies are preserved for future generations," said Council President Stan Hogeland. "As a lifelong resident of Gardendale, I see this vote as a once in a lifetime opportunity to take our city to the next level by making Gardendale a more desirable place to raise a family."But others including the state Department of Education caution that without the proper resources, Gardendale won't be able to offer the same educational and extracurricular Converse Chuck Taylor Black And White programs that a large school system like Jefferson County can provide."My concern any time cities want to form their own school systems is what their purpose is and whether they can improve what's being offered by the county system they are in," said Craig Pouncey, chief of staff for the state Department of Education, who for years has overseen the state and local school systems' finances and budgets. "Jefferson County operates a very efficient program so I'm not sure how Gardendale plans to improve the quality of education."Tax increase puts Gardendale 'in Vestavia category':Gardendale city leaders predict the 10 mills will generate around $2 Converse Navy Sneakers
Gardendale voters to weigh starting own school system with property tax vote
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