Daphne school tax vote set Tuesday, Aug. 30

By Guy Busby, Government Editor
Posted 8/29/22

DAPHNE – Daphne voters will decide Tuesday, Aug. 30 if their community will become the fourth in Baldwin County to impose a three-mill property tax to support local schools.

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Daphne school tax vote set Tuesday, Aug. 30

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DAPHNE – Daphne voters will decide Tuesday, Aug. 30 if their community will become the fourth in Baldwin County to impose a three-mill property tax to support local schools.

Polls open at 7 a.m. in the district, which takes in the feeder pattern for Daphne High School. If approved, the tax would be an addition of three-mills for the next 30 years. The money would be used for education purposes in the Daphne High School feeder pattern.

Earlier this year, tax supporters presented the Daphne City Council with a petition signed by more than 200 voters asking for the referendum.

The Daphne Education Advisory Committee voted unanimously Friday, Feb. 25, to ask the council to consider the tax.

Under Alabama law, residents can request that a special tax district be established in a community. If approved in a referendum, a property tax of up to three mills can be passed for up to 30 years.

Voters in Fairhope and Spanish Fort approved three-mill taxes in 2019. Robertsdale area voters approved a similar tax in 2021.

The districts are based on the feeder patterns for the high schools in those areas.

In an earlier interview, John Wilson, chief financial officer for the Baldwin County Board of Education, said the current estimates are that a Daphne tax would generate about $1.1 million a year based on 2016 valuations.

If approved, the tax would go into effect in the upcoming year.

With each mill of ad valorem tax, a property owner pays $1 for each $10,000 in appraised value of his or her property. If the tax passes, the owner of a $300,000 home would pay another $90 a year, or $7.50 a month.

Money raised by the tax would be spent in the Daphne district. A district education committee would make recommendations on how the money would be spent to the Baldwin County Board of Education.

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