Public forum about Auburn property tax to be held Thursday - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Public forum about Auburn property tax to be held Thursday

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

For the past five years Auburn City Schools has seen an average growth of 400 students per year, equaling the average size of an elementary school.

However, officials are hoping to manage this growth with help from residents.

An election will be held September 24th for Auburn voters to consider a 9-mill property tax increase to fund the construction of a new high school and renovate existing buildings.

"Our average home price in Auburn last year was $215,000 and this is going to be about a $16 a month increase on that size home. Now commercial is different. It is about $1,800 per $1,000,000 worth of assessed property they would pay in addition," says Auburn City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Karen DeLano.

To help better understand this referendum, the City of Auburn is hosting a public forum Thursday night to answer any questions citizens may have.

If the tax does not pass, local money will be used to build additional classrooms.

However, that will require cutting funds in certain areas like AP and IB programs, bus transportation, music and art programs and resource officers.

"We found about $4 million of things like that I don't consider extras, but they are things we don't get state money from that we could move around," explains DeLano.

The forum will be held Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 PM in the Auburn Council Chambers at 141 North Ross Street.

Copyright 2013 WTVM. All rights reserved. 

  • LocalMore>>

  • BREAKING: Stolen car crashes into Columbus home Monday night

    BREAKING: Stolen car crashes into Columbus home Monday night

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 1:14 AM EDT2018-07-17 05:14:44 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics)(Source: AP Graphics)
    (Source: AP Graphics)(Source: AP Graphics)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Police are searching for the driver of a stolen car after it ran into a home on Donald Dr. Monday night.  Police tell WTVM people were inside the home at the time of the collision, but no one was injured. Those inside the car fled from the scene.  Investigators are now searching for those suspects.  This is a developing story. Stay with News Leader Nine as we bring you the latest details.  Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights rese...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Police are searching for the driver of a stolen car after it ran into a home on Donald Dr. Monday night.  Police tell WTVM people were inside the home at the time of the collision, but no one was injured. Those inside the car fled from the scene.  Investigators are now searching for those suspects.  This is a developing story. Stay with News Leader Nine as we bring you the latest details.  Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights rese...More >>
  • MCSD board establishes new district security department; working to hire new police chief

    MCSD board establishes new district security department; working to hire new police chief

    Monday, July 16 2018 11:59 PM EDT2018-07-17 03:59:58 GMT
    School board members voting unanimously to approve a resolution...creating what will now be known as the "Muscogee County School District Security Department. ( Source: WTVM)School board members voting unanimously to approve a resolution...creating what will now be known as the "Muscogee County School District Security Department. ( Source: WTVM)
    School board members voting unanimously to approve a resolution...creating what will now be known as the "Muscogee County School District Security Department. ( Source: WTVM)School board members voting unanimously to approve a resolution...creating what will now be known as the "Muscogee County School District Security Department. ( Source: WTVM)

    The Muscogee County School District is embarking on a brand new chapter, creating its very own police agency.  

    More >>

    The Muscogee County School District is embarking on a brand new chapter, creating its very own police agency.  

    More >>
  • Auburn man arrested for marijuana, theft

    Auburn man arrested for marijuana, theft

    Monday, July 16 2018 9:57 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:57:12 GMT
    Stephen Blalock was charged with heft of property second degree, possession of marijuana second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia  (Source: Auburn police)Stephen Blalock was charged with heft of property second degree, possession of marijuana second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia (Source: Auburn police)

    Auburn police arrested a man on several warrants. On Friday, July 13 28-year-old Stephen Blalock from Auburn was arrested on felony and misdemeanor warrants.

    More >>

    Auburn police arrested a man on several warrants. On Friday, July 13 28-year-old Stephen Blalock from Auburn was arrested on felony and misdemeanor warrants.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly