Phone Message

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Callers to state offices in Montgomery got more than Muzak when they were put on hold to wait to conduct business.

Callers put on hold received a recorded pitch for Governor Bob Riley's $1.2 billion tax and accountability package, complete with background music.

The message calls the plan "courageous" and says if the plan passes Alabama taxpayers will still "pay some of the lowest property taxes in the nation."

A spokesman for a group opposing the tax package called the phone message "the latest abuse of state property" by supporters of the governor's plan.

Voters go to the polls September 9 to vote on the plan, designed to fill a $675 million deficit in the state's budgets and to provide additional money in the future for other programs

Those include scholarships for high school graduates with a B average or better.