Students in Guntersville will soon see improvements to their schools thanks to a sales tax increase.
In April, the Guntersville City Council voted to increase the city’s sales tax by one percent. On July 1st, that increase went into effect. After some dispute, it was decided that half of the funds from the one percent increase will go toward capital projects in the city and the other half will go to the school system.
Superintendent of the Schools of Guntersville, Brett Stanton,says the sales tax increase will bring in around $1.4 million this school year.He says he want to focus on getting the school buildings back in shape first.
We’ve got a plan in the first year. Our plan is to make surethat we improve and upgrade all of the electrical for all of our schools, andthen, we also have a plan to upgrade the windows and the doors and replacethose in both of our elementary schools,” said Stanton.
This year, they also plan to pave the parking lot at GuntersvilleElementary School and replace the athletic stadium lighting at the high schooland alumni field.
There have already been recent updates made to the schools, including a new track at Guntersville High School, but there are still improvements to be made.
“We’ve also got two elementary schools that needsignificant upgrades, and we’ve been told approximately $13 million to upgradethose,” said Stanton.
Tiffany Martin has three children in the Guntersville schoolsystem. She says she supports the school board’s decisions.
“Yes, we need paint. We need construction done ifsomething is falling apart, but we are in a good place. We’ve got good people, andI think it’s going to be a good school year, and I hope that money just makesit even better,” said Martin.
Although many people in Guntersville want a new high school, the funds from the sales tax increase will only be used for improvements to the schools.