MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - It appears some residents of Limestone
County will be paying a new 10.5 mill property tax to fund schools
in the city of Madison even though a majority of the county's
voters rejected the proposed tax.
The fate of the amendment hinged on how it fared statewide and
not on whether it passed or failed with local voters.
Those voting for the amendment amounted to 50.4 percent of the
vote in unoffical statewide returns and 49.6 percent of voters said
no. But in Limestone County more than 61 percent voted against the
Athens State University political scientist Jess Brown said the
will of the voters most affected by the tax was ignored.