Public forum about Auburn property tax to be held Thursday

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.

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