Superintendents urge voters to renew school taxes on the ballot

Tax renewals mean $58 million annually for school systems

North Alabama superintendents want you to renew property taxes that will be on the ballot next week.

This afternoon local superintendents came together to make a final plea to residents to renew school taxes. They said the money brings in critical funding to the school systems.

Abby Woods is a high school senior at James Clemens and a student in the Biomedical Academy. 

"It's biggest contribution I think, is exposing kids to new material. It focuses a lot on new developments in biomedical fields; how we're advancing medicine," said Woods. 

Woods said the program was influential in helping her decide that she wants to go into the a neuroscience research and development field. 

"I wouldn't have that exposure, I would still be waiting until college to even hear what neuroscience is," explained Woods. 

It's programs like the bio-medical academy, superintendents say school tax renewals help fund.

"Not only fund our academic programs that are core curriculum but also looking at programs that we have. Whether it be robotics or Greenpower, career academics are extremely important  so when businesses are coming in, they are looking at a bigger picture of a school system," said Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Matt Akin.

The tax renewals mean $58 million annually for schools in Huntsville, Madison and Madison County. School leaders said it's an investment in our children.

“Hope that the citizens of North Alabama see the value and the benefit this has had for the last generations of students and we pray that the next generation not only have the same opportunities but even greater opportunities," added Robby Parker, Madison City Schools Superintendent. 

School leaders want voters to understand that these are not new taxes, just a renewal of taxes that are set to expire. 


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