Houston County Schools

Houston County residents will go to the polls Feb. 4 to vote on a tax increase for education.

County commissioners set the ballot at Monday’s meeting. Voters can approve two taxes, but they'll probably only get one.

Houston County Commissioners kept the ballot simple, with only two questions.

Voters will cast ballots to approve or reject a five-mil property tax increase or a half-cent sales tax hike. The property tax would generate about $4.5 million a year; the sales tax, about $6 million. The revenue would be split between the Houston County and Dothan City School Systems. School officials said they're just trying to get back what they've already lost.

Commission Chairman Mark Culver said it'll be up to school officials to sell the tax hike to voters.

The property tax increase automatically takes effect if voters approve it, but if both tax increases are approved, Culver said he would not be in favor of imposing the sales tax, which also requires the approval of county commissioners.

The tax referendum will be the subject of our next Weekend Edition.

Both superintendents will be among the guests to answer questions about the proposed tax issue. If you have a question, you can go to our Message Boards or call our viewer line at 712-7427.

Weekend Edition airs at 6 p.m. Saturday.