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Unofficial results: Auburn votes no on property tax increase to fund schools

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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

Unofficial results have revealed that the Auburn property tax vote did not pass Tuesday night.

The polls were open Tuesday as residents decided on a new property tax proposal.

Auburn city and schools leaders met Monday in a final push for residents to approve an increase in property tax, which is intended to help fund the city school system.

The referendum, if passed, would generate approximately $8.5 million each year. The current rate of five mill would increase to nine mill, which is nearly a 17 percent increase.

Dr. Karen DeLano, Superintendent of Auburn City Schools, says, "To find the money to fund building, we will have to cut thins that we proved with local funding."

Auburn City Mayor Bill Hamm says, "The growth continues, and I don't think there's any question that it's going to continue for the foreseeable future, and there's got to be more funding."

Polls were open today, September 24, until 7 p.m. CDT.

Here's a breakdown of the results so far: 

Ward 1
For: 131
Against: 249

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