MPS Pushes Forward with Property Tax Referendum

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Montgomery, Ala.– Montgomery County’s House Delegation voted to pass a bill that supports a property tax increase benefiting Montgomery Public Schools (MPS). MPS remains hopeful the citizens of Montgomery will have an opportunity to vote.

“The Montgomery County Board of Education is in complete support of both bills. We’re looking forward to a chance to allow the people to consider a property tax increase to fund our public schools. Everyone understands that the future of Montgomery is directly tied to the success of our public schools. It is so exciting that the education, business, and government communities are all working together to put the needs of our children at the top of our priority lists,” said MPS School Board President Clare Weil.

The proposed ad valorem tax increase would result in an additional 33 million dollars in annual revenue, which is an estimated increase of $12.75 per month in property taxes for the average family.

When asked how the additional funds would be allocated, Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore shared, “There are several things we need to do. We’ve created plans to strengthen our academic programs. Students should have an array of academic course offerings and the latest technology resources. We want to challenge our students to perform at a higher academic level. Also, we have a desperate need to repair our school buildings. Our children should not be sitting in buildings that are falling apart. They should be able to walk into their schools and not worry about the heater or air conditioner not working properly. We’re doing all that we can at the moment. We have worked to put several checkpoints in place to ensure we’re
aligned with all state guidelines. But the students need more. The students of Montgomery deserve a quality education in an environment that will allow them to learn.”

The bill will now go to the House for a vote, and if passed, the citizens of Montgomery will have an opportunity to vote in a future election.

For more information about Montgomery Public Schools, please visit:
www.EngageEducateInspire.org

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