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Dr. John Strycker
Superintendent's Weekly Update
January 9, 2019
A Request for Two Minutes of Your Time Please
Over the past month there seems to be some confusion regarding our upcoming Ad Valorem proposal, so please allow me just two minutes of your time to inform you of a very important issue regarding our county’s public schools. On January 29th, our community will be voting on a pivotal proposal for our school system.
Fact: Our school system ranks 132 out of 137 school systems in the state in terms of local funding support. Alabama currently ranks 50th out of 50 states in the U.S. in terms of property tax revenue per-capita. Butler County has a current Ad Valorem school tax rate of 12 mills compared to the state average of 18.2 mills.
Fact: If our community approves the tax proposal, our local school tax millage will go from 12 mills to 18 mills. This will cost the taxpayer with an average home in our community ($75,000 market value) an estimated $3.75 per month increase…less than a dollar a week.
Need: The proposed 6 mill increase will generate approximately $1.4 million annually in additional revenue. The categories in which the additional revenue would be spent include, but are not limited to: Curriculum Resources, Extra-Curricular Activities for both elementary and secondary students and Current Debt.
Consideration: We feel our students deserve more than what the lowest locally funded schools in the United States can offer. However, we are not seeking a tax that will generate average funding in the United States. We will still be well under the national average per student funding. We are simply asking to allow our students to receive funding that is average in the state of Alabama. We feel strongly that our students deserve an additional dollar a week, from our average taxpayer, for their education.
Additional Information: Please consider supporting our students by voting on Tuesday, January 29th. For more information, feel free to call my cell phone (989-233-2490) or visit the Butler County School System website under Ad Valorem Q&A (https://www.butlerco.k12.al.us/)
Thank you for your time,