Category Archives: Taxes

City, county leaders look at revisiting city school concepts in Baldwin County following referendum defeat | AL.com

April 19, 2015

The educational proverb of “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” might be good advice for some or a prelude to Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity to others.

For city and county officials in Baldwin County, revisiting the old issue of city schools has resurrected with the hopes of expecting a different result.

The idea has been floated in several communities since the voters overwhelmingly shot down a March 31 school-tax referendum to build new schools in high-growth areas.

via City, county leaders look at revisiting city school concepts in Baldwin County following referendum defeat | AL.com.

With study completed, officials begin discussing next steps for a south Baldwin County jail | AL.com

April 17, 2015

A feasibility study into a possible new jail in south Baldwin County is completed and has been delivered to police chiefs in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Foley.

The study was completed by Ohio-based Management Partners analyzes whether a new jail in the south end of the county is needed. The study, according to Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack, is completed and is in the process of being presented to local and county governments.

via With study completed, officials begin discussing next steps for a south Baldwin County jail | AL.com.

Baldwin School Board Hears from Parents – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 17, 2015

For the first time since voters turned down several new and existing tax increases, Baldwin County residents got the opportunity to address the school board.

Much of the conversation at the first regular meeting post the referendum was centered around Bay Minette Elementary School.

via Baldwin School Board Hears from Parents – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

15 state parks could close in less than a month – FOX10 News | WALA

April 16, 2015

Just in time for summer vacation season, Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein told FOX10 News he’s regrettably putting 15 state parks on the chopping block.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will lose $11.4 million in funds by May 1st, if Governor Robert Bentley’s tax increase package proposal is not passed.

Of that $11.4 million, $10.4 million would be cut from the state park system.

FOX10 News | WALA

via 15 state parks could close in less than a month – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County school system looking to save up to $6 million per year switching from Mac to PC | AL.com

April 16, 2015

Baldwin County might not be an Apple-only school system in the coming years, when it comes to the technology its students use to learn.

During the Board of Education’s work session in Robertsdale on Tuesday, system Director of Technology Homer Coffman told board members his department is looking at possibly moving from iPad and MacBook Air computers to PC devices, such as the HP Pilot and Chromebooks, which are made by multiple manufacturers.

via Baldwin County school system looking to save up to $6 million per year switching from Mac to PC | AL.com.

School members address elephant in the room in first meeting sin – FOX10 News | WALA

April 15, 2015

ROBERTSDALE, AL (WALA) - It’s been two weeks since the Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) suffered a big defeat in a special school tax election. Board members met Tuesday night, April 14, for the first time since that loss.

It was quite clear that school board members couldn’t help but address the elephant in the room – voters in Baldwin County sent a strong message on election day two weeks ago that they didn’t trust the BCBE with their property taxes.

FOX10 News | WALA

via School members address elephant in the room in first meeting sin – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County Commission Chairman: April 30 joint county/school meeting won’t be a ‘bashing session’ | AL.com

April 15, 2015

A rare joint meeting between the Baldwin County Commission and the School Board on April 30 will not include a presentation from the school’s administrations and will, instead, be an opportunity for the public to provide input on where the $313 million school system heads into the future.

Baldwin County Commission Chairman Charles “Skip” Gruber said Tuesday the meeting will not be a forum where the public can vent and point blame at others following what was a disastrous election for the school system on March 31.

via Baldwin County Commission Chairman: April 30 joint county/school meeting won’t be a ‘bashing session’ | AL.com.

Tea Party representative: ‘No blank checks’ for renewal of Baldwin County School System’s loss revenue | AL.com

April 15, 2015

A representative of a local tea party organization said Monday that there are “no blank checks” when it comes to renewing potential loss revenue for the Baldwin County School System.

The Common Sense Campaign of Baldwin County, during last month’s campaign, publicly stated they supported the renewal of the school district’s existing mills. But the group has since been criticized for leading a “No” campaign against new taxes that ultimately led to a disastrous night for the school system in which four of five ballot questions were shot down.

via Tea Party representative: ‘No blank checks’ for renewal of Baldwin County School System’s loss revenue | AL.com.

Alabama Auditor seeks legal injunction to stop schools from spending tax money on referendum campaigns | AL.com

April 15, 2015

A lawsuit Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler plans to file in Montgomery Circuit Court requests a judge to prohibit local school boards from spending public money to campaign for referendums, and requests the Baldwin County School Board to repay what it spent last month.

At least two of the Alabama school systems with April 28 referendums have no plans to spend public money to support the ballot measures.

via Alabama Auditor seeks legal injunction to stop schools from spending tax money on referendum campaigns | AL.com.

Why a lottery won’t resolve Baldwin County’s school tax issues | AL.com

April 15, 2015

If there is one thing almost all sides of the recently defeated Baldwin County School System tax referendum can agree upon, it’s this — the chances of a lottery funding a massive county-wide school construction program has as much chance of happening as someone hitting it big in a Mega Millions jackpot.

But in the aftermath of last month’s ballot box loss for the school system, some people have taken to social media and tossed out the word “lottery” as a solution to the school board’s money needs for a massive construction plan.

via Why a lottery won’t resolve Baldwin County’s school tax issues | AL.com.

Tri-city jail is a possibility in south Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA

April 10, 2015

Considering the growth in the general Baldwin County population, it comes as no surprise that jail cells are filling up as well.

Last March, the southern municipalities: Foley, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, along with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, commissioned a roughly $39,000 study looking into the possibility of creating a joint city jail in that section of the county.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Tri-city jail is a possibility in south Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County Commission: Despite vote, taxpayers will pay the – FOX10 News | WALA

April 10, 2015

The Baldwin County Commission certified the results of last Tuesday’s tax referendum vote on today. With residents in Baldwin County voting against four mills in tax renewals, the county could fall well short of what it’s obligated to pay the state of Alabama.

Regardless of how the vote turned out, Baldwin County taxpayers still have to meet their financial obligations to the state. How that will happen is not clear. Baldwin County Commission Chairman, Skip Gruber said Thursday he’s already reached out to the Baldwin County Board of Education and is setting up the first of what’s sure to be several meetings.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin County Commission: Despite vote, taxpayers will pay the – FOX10 News | WALA.

Study Shows New Jail Needed In Baldwin County

April 10, 2015

A research and consulting group hired by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and the cities of Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach shows the county needs another jail.

The corrections center in Bay Minette isn’t overcrowded, but it’s currently near capacity. The research shows the county’s, rapidly growing population will need another facility to house inmates in the next five to ten years.

Sheriff Hoss Mack and the three cities in South Baldwin County are looking at building a minimum security facility near Foley possibly on th Foley Beach Express.

Building a new jail would cost between 30 and 50 million dollars.


via Study Shows New Jail Needed In Baldwin County.

Baldwin County Commission, School Board to meet April 30 to discuss next steps following tax referendum defeat | AL.com

April 10, 2015

The next step forward for the Baldwin County Public School System is to have a joint public meeting April 30 with the four-member Baldwin County Commission in Robertsdale.

The tentative meeting is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. at the Central Annex Building, 22251 Palmer St. and it will be open to the public.

The aim for the meeting, according to commissioners on Thursday, is to begin moving forward from the March 31 referendum that could potentially leave the school system with a loss of revenues.

via Baldwin County Commission, School Board to meet April 30 to discuss next steps following tax referendum defeat | AL.com.

Tri-city jail is a possibility in south Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA

April 09, 2015

Considering the growth in the general Baldwin County population, it comes as no surprise that jail cells are filling up as well.

Last March, the southern municipalities: Foley, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, along with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, commissioned a roughly $39,000 study looking into the possibility of creating a joint city jail in that section of the county.

via Tri-city jail is a possibility in south Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.

What’s next for Baldwin County’s Bicentennial Park? – FOX10 News | WALA

April 09, 2015

Baldwin County officials said they’re facing a challenge finding money to pay for maintenance of a 300 acre park in the northern part of the county.

Park officials are looking at funding ideas for a facility that showcases the county’s rich history.

PRESERVING CULTURAL HERITAGE

Bicentennial Park is located on more than 360 acres off Highway 225, just north of I-65.

It’s dedicated to preserving the county’s cultural heritage.

via What’s next for Baldwin County’s Bicentennial Park? – FOX10 News | WALA.

Provisional Ballots Counted, One Baldwin Tax Renewal Passes

April 09, 2015

While provisional ballots were being counted at election offices in Bay Minette, just a few blocks away at Bay Minette Elementary School principal Averette Hale was ushering workmen and the state fire marshal around campus. “Just to make sure the building is safe and all the things that can be fixed are being fixed.”

via Provisional Ballots Counted, One Baldwin Tax Renewal Passes.

Final vote count in: Renewal of tax worth about $10.5 million to Baldwin schools survives | AL.com

April 09, 2015

During the March 31 property tax referendum, voters came out against four of five taxes on the ballot, but one measure has survived and been approved based on a provisional ballot count in Baldwin County Probate Court on Tuesday.

Of the 455 provisional votes cast, 303 were verified and counted, according to Probate Court Judge Tim Russell. And those votes basically went along with the percentages from the general election, he said.

via Final vote count in: Renewal of tax worth about $10.5 million to Baldwin schools survives | AL.com.

Baldwin Co. Tax Increase Provisional Votes to be Counted Tuesday – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 07, 2015

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala (WPMI) Tuesday marks one week since Baldwin County residents voted down a school tax increase and two tax renewals.

A three mill renewal remained too close to call last Tuesday, with a virtual 50/50 split, separated by only 195 votes.

The provisional ballots for that renewal will be counted Tuesday to officially decide which way the measure will go.

However, Probate Judge Tim Russell told Local 15 last week it is highly unlikely that there will be enough provisional ballots to change the outcome, and expects the renewal to pass.

via Baldwin Co. Tax Increase Provisional Votes to be Counted Tuesday – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Experts discuss potential long-term ‘negatives’ of defunding Baldwin County Public Schools following referendum loss | AL.com

April 05, 2015

Shrink Baldwin Now might’ve been a fake movement rooted in April Fool’s Day jest, but its comedic online pledge of reducing the population and fewer schools is a reality for some insiders fearful for the long-term health of Baldwin County.

The concerns among Realtors, economists and others come after voters overwhelmingly shot down four of five ballot questions asking to either renew or increase property taxes for the Baldwin County School System.

via Experts discuss potential long-term ‘negatives’ of defunding Baldwin County Public Schools following referendum loss | AL.com.

Baldwin County leaders work to figure out reduction of school fu – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

With the defeat of the referendum vote in Baldwin County on Tuesday, people across the county are left to wonder: what’s next?

By a more than 2-1 margin, voters rejected the passage of an eight-mill property tax increase that supporters argued was necessary to fund capital projects to accommodate growth in the county.

via Baldwin County leaders work to figure out reduction of school fu – FOX10 News | WALA.

Tax vote fallout has both sides looking for answers – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

With the statement made by Baldwin County voters Tuesday, March 31, 2015 on the tax referendum, it leaves many questions. How does the school system get back funding they already had and what needs to be done to address future needs for the system?

With voters in Baldwin County saying no to any new property taxes and voting down some of the existing millage, it has folks on both sides of the issue wondering what to do next.

FOX10 News | WALA
via Tax vote fallout has both sides looking for answers – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County no voters react to win – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

Baldwin County voters against the tax gathered in Daphne at the Boudreaux Cajun Grill to view election results.

Kevin Spriggs, a business owner in the county made headlines after placing vote no signs at his gas station, was at the restaurant wearing a Shell gas station t-shirt.

“The tax payer feels like he’s under assault in all directions at the same time,” Spriggs said.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin County no voters react to win – FOX10 News | WALA.

Fairhope citizens have mixed reaction to tax vote results – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

It’s uncharted territory for Baldwin County schools as voters choose not only to vote down a proposed eight mill property tax increase, but also two renewals. Voter turnout was high and those on both sides have been passionate.

It was a shocking and disappointing result to some and others were pleased with the results. Most of the folks at Ravonite Pizzeria in Fairhope Tuesday night, March 31, 2015 were busy playing trivia and hadn’t heard the results.

“Kind of disappointed… I really thought this was something that Baldwin County wanted and I really thought this was something we needed so I’m disappointed to see it not happen,” said Clay Tyler.

FOX10 News | WALA
via Fairhope citizens have mixed reaction to tax vote results – FOX10 News | WALA.

Superintendent talks defeat on proposed property tax hike – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

A big defeat for Build Baldwin Now supporters. The proposed eight mill property tax increase, that was hailed as the supposed saving grace for the school system, has not only been voted down, but the current property tax has also been barely renewed.

The unofficial final returns show two renewals were voted down, with only one three mill renewal passed.

FOX10 News asked Superintendent Robbie Owen if the cut in funds would force the school board to cut funding on any current school programs.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Superintendent talks defeat on proposed property tax hike – FOX10 News | WALA.

School Board Member: “We probably should have spent some more” o – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Despite the criticism, a Baldwin County School Board member said the board should have spent “more” taxpayer money to encourage a “yes” vote.

Those comments came less than 24-hours after voters delivered an emphatic “no” to any new taxes aimed at helping schools.

Cecil Christenberry, who represents the Fairhope area on the school board, said he feels many voters chose not to trust the school board with more of their tax money, because the board spent more than $210,000 in taxpayer money to encourage a “yes” vote on the increase.

He said regardless, he remains confident in that decision.

FOX10 News | WALA

via School Board Member: “We probably should have spent some more” o – FOX10 News | WALA.

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