Category Archives: Taxes

Only 1 state has lower property taxes than Alabama: Wake Up Call | AL.com

August 14, 2015

You can’t deny that Alabama has some beautiful beaches. Do they compare to Hawaii’s though?

Probably not.

There’s one other way that the Aloha State has the Heart of Dixie beat: property taxes.

The Tax Foundation recently compiled a map showing the effective tax rate for owner-occupied housing. The measurement provides a good comparison because it shows the average amount of residential property tax people actually pay, expressed as a percentage of home value.

via Only 1 state has lower property taxes than Alabama: Wake Up Call | AL.com.

Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 27, 2015

ALABAMA/FLORIDA (WPMI) Alabama residents can soon take part in back to school savings. The tax break covers books and supplies, including clothes priced at less than $100, and computers and educational software less than $750.

The sales tax holiday in Alabama runs August 7-9.

via Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Judge dismisses suit against Robbie Owen, BCBOE members – FOX10 News | WALA

July 18, 2015

Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin has dismissed a lawsuit against former Baldwin County School System Superintendent Robbie Owen and four Baldwin County Board of Education members.

This, after State Auditor Jim Zeigler filed suit against them seeking a ruling that would stop county school boards from spending taxpayer money on tax referendum campaigns.

via Judge dismisses suit against Robbie Owen, BCBOE members – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

State Auditor Scales Back Lawsuit – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

May 20, 2015

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) State Auditor Jim Zeigler is rethinking his lawsuit against the Baldwin County School System.

He claims the board and superintendent illegally spent public funds to promote the recent tax referendum.

Late last week, the four board members named in the suit, along with Superintendent Robbie Owen got the green light from Attorney General Luther Strange to use public funds to defend themselves in the suit.

via State Auditor Scales Back Lawsuit – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Our view: Let’s have a real conversation about Baldwin schools | AL.com

May 15, 2015

If nothing else, the failed tax referendum in March revealed just how wide the gap had become between those who work in Baldwin schools or have children enrolled in them, and those who do not.

Six weeks ago, when voters soundly defeated 8 mills in new property taxes for building needs and 4 mills in property tax renewals, both sides seemed to be talking past each other.

via Our view: Let’s have a real conversation about Baldwin schools | AL.com.

BCBE asks AG if it’s legal to use tax dollars to fight lawsuit – FOX10 News | WALA

May 14, 2015

Some will call it ironic – the Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) is asking the Alabama Attorney General if it’s okay to spend tax payer money to fight a lawsuit in court that was filed because of the way the BCBE spent taxpayer money on a campaign.

FOX10 News | WALA

via BCBE asks AG if it’s legal to use tax dollars to fight lawsuit – FOX10 News | WALA.

Loxley Residents Weigh in on Gambling Legislation – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

May 06, 2015

LOXLEY, Ala. (WPMI) Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh has introduced a piece of legislation that would allow lottery and casino gambling in Alabama.

While Governor Robert Bentley is against the measure, many Loxley residents said it could give the state a revenue boost.

“I don’t anyone is fond of imposing a new tax,” said Loxley resident Patrick Hardy. “It would be nice if this lottery and gambling proposal could help off-set an increase in taxes, as well as generate new revenue for education and law enforcement.”

via Loxley Residents Weigh in on Gambling Legislation – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Auditor Jim Zeigler files lawsuit against AG’s office, Baldwin County Schools: ‘It’s an Alabama issue’ | AL.com

May 06, 2015

A lawsuit filed Friday in Montgomery County against Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and Baldwin County school officials is being privately financed and is an effort to seek clarification on whether school boards can use taxpayer money to fund campaigns, Auditor Jim Zeigler said Monday.

via Auditor Jim Zeigler files lawsuit against AG’s office, Baldwin County Schools: ‘It’s an Alabama issue’ | AL.com.

Auditor Jim Zeigler files lawsuit against AG’s office, Baldwin County Schools: ‘It’s an Alabama issue’ | AL.com

May 05, 2015

A lawsuit filed Friday in Montgomery County against Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and Baldwin County school officials is being privately financed and is an effort to seek clarification on whether school boards can use taxpayer money to fund campaigns, Auditor Jim Zeigler said Monday.

via Auditor Jim Zeigler files lawsuit against AG’s office, Baldwin County Schools: ‘It’s an Alabama issue’ | AL.com.

Officials viewed public meeting as positive first step in healing fractured relationship between voters, Baldwin County schools | AL.com

May 03, 2015

Gulf Shores resident Jeff Quick set the tone for Thursday’s public forum before the Baldwin County Commission and School Board by introducing a proposal that officials are embracing as a possible move forward.

via Officials viewed public meeting as positive first step in healing fractured relationship between voters, Baldwin County schools | AL.com.

Tea party group pitches reforms for Baldwin County schools | AL.com

May 03, 2015

Beginning construction of a Bay Minette elementary school, making further cuts to the Digital Renaissance program and requiring the school system to conduct quarterly town hall meetings within each feeder pattern were some of the proposals for the Baldwin County School system floated Saturday by the Common Sense Campaign tea party organization.

via Tea party group pitches reforms for Baldwin County schools | AL.com.

Baldwin voters’ opinions vary on what’s next for schools – FOX10 News | WALA

May 02, 2015

A public comment session scheduled for Thursday night, April 30, 2015 will be a great opportunity for county and school leaders to hear some ideas on where we go from here. The time is limited though. There will only be enough time to hear from about 24 people.

Because of that, Fox 10 News hit the streets of Baldwin County to gather opinions from folks who won’t be able to make the meeting. There was a consensus on a couple of issues. Looking back on why the tax referendum vote on March 31st turned out the way it did, the resounding opinion is that the millage renewals shouldn’t have been on the same ballot with the new tax proposals.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin voters’ opinions vary on what’s next for schools – FOX10 News | WALA.

Public Forum Thursday On School Tax Vote

April 30, 2015

A public forum will be held tomorrow night (April 30th) from 7-9 at the Baldwin County Commission Annex in Robertsdale to discuss “Plan B” following last month’s failed property tax increase referendum.

On March 31st, voters overwhelmingly rejected an 8 mil tax hike to fund a massive, school expansion project. Voters also rejected two existing mils up for renewal.

via Public Forum Thursday On School Tax Vote.

Questions raised about Baldwin County’s property tax revenue | AL.com

April 30, 2015

Five Alabama counties are trending upward in property tax revenues, while Baldwin County has yet to see an uptick from the same revenue stream since the Recession, according to statistics provided by Interim County Administrator Ron Cink.

Revenue Commissioner Teddy Faust Jr., however, said the county’s revenue figures should show at least a 6 percent increase in the coming year.

via Questions raised about Baldwin County’s property tax revenue | AL.com.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, a supporter Baldwin school property tax, calls last month’s referendum loss, ‘beginning in a long process’ | AL.com

April 26, 2015

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne said he believes last month’s defeat of a property tax referendum to support the Baldwin County School System is “the beginning in a long process” he believes needs to result in school expansion.

via U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, a supporter Baldwin school property tax, calls last month’s referendum loss, ‘beginning in a long process’ | AL.com.

No Closures for Alabama State Parks, For Now

April 23, 2015

New developments involving Alabama’s budget crisis and the possible closure of state parks. Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein says the closures are now on hold. Two weeks ago it was announced 15 out of the 22 parks could close because of a major shortfall in Alabama’s General Fund budget. Governor Robert Bentley says tax increases are the only solution to fill the massive budget shortfall. The governor is proposing $541 million in tax increases, but lawmakers have so far taken no action on the proposal.

via No Closures for Alabama State Parks, For Now.

Baldwin County school leaders defend “Digital Renaissance” spend – FOX10 News | WALA

April 23, 2015

After asking for two months, FOX10 News has finally gotten a closer look into the cost of the Baldwin County Board of Education’s “Digital Renaissance,” now known as the 1:1 Digital Initiative, which has put laptops into the hands of every student, and iPads into the hands of every kindergartner.

Many Baldwin County residents have criticized the school board for the Digital Initiative, saying it has mismanaged funds, but Wednesday, April 22, school officials said the initiative has been more cost effective than traditional learning, as the cost of textbooks before the initiative was launched was some $2.3 million.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin County school leaders defend “Digital Renaissance” spend – FOX10 News | WALA.

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.

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