Saraland voters took to the polls yesterday to vote on a property tax increase in order to fund improvements to the school system. The measure passed comfortably, with 62% voting in favor of the increase and 38% voting against. Property taxes will now increase by 7.5 mill, or about $75 for a $100,000 home.
Saraland schools Superintendents Dr. Aaron Milner said this will be the last time the system asks for additional money. Dr. Milner said he believes the investment is a worthy one for residents, as a good school system brings higher property values.
Saraland sought the tax increase to expand their growing school system. The student population has roughly doubled since Saraland broke off from the Mobile County Public School System a few years ago. The young system was already facing problems with overcrowding. With the additional funding, the school board plans to add 10 additional classrooms to Saraland High School and bid on two additional school buses.
The new additions are expected to be ready by the 2016-2017 school year.