The city of Satsuma is considering a funding cut for its school system. Facing a $100,000 hole in their budget, the city is looking to cover half the deficit with funding that was originally allocated to Satsuma schools. The school system stands to lose $54,000 a year if the plan goes through.
The funding in question comes from a half cent sales tax the city instituted a few years ago. The city gives half of this increase to the school system in the form of $9,000 a month payments. These payments were pledged for five years. Residents also passed a $7.5 mil ad valorem tax, but there has been no talk of touching this funding.
Mayor Paul Murray told Fox 10 News he felt this was the only option the city had. Citing his own grandchildren’s attendance at the city schools, he said they didn’t want to hurt them, but wanted to help the city.
Citizens quickly took to social media to voice their anger at the idea, with a vast majority in opposition to the cutting of school funding.
Budget problems have become an all too common occurrence in the US. The second biggest bankruptcy in US history occurred right here in Alabama when Jefferson County filed in 2011. The state is currently battling budget problems of its own, with special sessions of the legislature needed to settle Alabama’s finances.
There will be a Satsuma city council meeting Tuesday, August 4th at 7:00 PM.
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