Ozark Residents Fail to Pass Property Tax Increase

Ozark voters headed to the polls on Tuesday deciding whether or not to approve a tax increase that would fund the construction of a new high school.

The vote did not pass 1,290 to 1,522

Superintendent Lenhart will be calling a school board meeting to discuss other options on how a new high school could be built.

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  • by Patrick O. Location: Fort Benning on Apr 28, 2010 at 06:34 PM
    How about this Ozark? The next time the vote comes up for the lottery everyone vote "YES". Take a few lessons from the other states that have funded new schools and educational programs just from the revenue from the lottery tax. Stop going to Georgia and/or Flordia and paying them for your "Big Break". Vote to bring back Companies to support the town.
  • by James Location: Ozark on Apr 28, 2010 at 04:28 PM
    Im not to happy about Ozark not taking care of the schools they have now over the years. I moved to ozark and bought a home here to retire when my time comes in a few years. If the Tax would of went thru i would of sold my home and left Ozark. I Love ozark but we have Higher Taxes than Dothan and Enterprise so Ozark Govt use the money better that yer already getting and stop the waist. I Voted NO on this tax because i dont feel Our City Leaders are useing all the outlets they can to fix Our Schools. Wakeup People.
  • by HS Location: Ozark on Apr 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM
    Phyllis, you failed to think about all (and I mean a lot) of the public housing residents who would not have been pitching in and doing their part to PAY property tax. I voted yes for the sake of my child, but I completely understand the arguements from others who voted against the property tax increase.
  • by rodsmith on Apr 28, 2010 at 12:39 PM
    no offense but if govt would stop building things that have a lifespan of 10-15 years you wouldn't have this problem. Also it would help if you actually MAINTAINED the building propertly.
  • by renter Location: ozark on Apr 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM
    We have lived in Ozark for over 12 years. We have a child graduating from Carroll High this year. It is a crappy old neglected school in dire need of replacement. I and my wife chose not to vote this time. We rent a house/own no property. We have no more children in the Ozark schools. (thank God) We felt that we shouldn't influence what our landlord has to pay in property tax. I personally believe Ozark's money to be mismanaged and the city has shown no ability to take care of the existing schools. I see no reason to give them a lot more money to build yet another school to neglect. Ozark closed East Gate and built many new soccer and baseball fields. Millions on the city hall. The old money in town has fought any growth for decades and now the town is paying the price. Yes, the school needs replaced but as long as Ozark keeps shoveling money into the Flowers center and recreation fields among other things, they won't get the wage earners in town to vote for another tax increase.
  • by J Location: Ozark on Apr 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    Phyllis, don't criticize the decision made when you don't know the facts. Apparently you haven't heard that we are losing 43 Aide positions in the school system and possibly all non-tenured personell. There has been talk of cutting 120 positions throughout the school system, and with Lenhart at the helm, I don't doubt this one bit. This new high school wouldn't have saved these jobs. We would still have around 32 students per classroom because we would still not be able to afford teachers. Don't believe everything you have heard from our goof Superintendent, this WOULD NOT have solved the problems we have. So stick that on your "Wall of Shame."
  • by Alice Location: Ozark on Apr 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM
    I am glad property taxes are not going up. To those that don't live in Ozark, I don't expect you to understand nor do we need your negative comments. We are not against a new school, just new taxes! Please check spelling before posting comments.
  • by Keith Location: Ozark, AL on Apr 28, 2010 at 07:35 AM
    The biggest problem with a property tax is who pays it. Homeowners are not the only people who have children. In addition, additional taxes have a tendency not to go away when the task is completed. Next time you get your automobile license plates, look at all the taxes that are included. When I moved from Newton to Ozark, my car registration went up $20. I actually don't mind as I receive additional services in Ozark that I had to pay for in Newton. I understand why it was rejected.
  • by Denton Location: Ozark on Apr 28, 2010 at 07:28 AM
    If EVERYONE is to jump in and help, why do you only propose that the property owners chip in and help? Why just the homeowners? While the politicians are figuring out a more equitable way of building a brand new school, maybe they can think of ways to make Ozark grow as increasing prperty taxes won't lure anybody.
  • by Dan Location: Blanc on Apr 28, 2010 at 06:54 AM
    Too bad the city was awarded nearly 1.2 million in stimulus money for public housing and $0 for schools. Who was asleep at the wheel? That's your problem, non working non tax paying, non property tax paying "drains" on the community. I also saw the article mentioned below in the Southern Star, that was a final straw for a lot of folks, these education system elites work 8-9 months a year, make ridiculous salaries & benefits while failing at there jobs... they wouldn't last a week in the real world away from the teacher's unions, tenure, and so forth...but that's the problem with public education everywhere, not just here. Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment. (quote by Fred Brooks) WELCOME TO YOUR EXPERIENCE, Stay out of our pockets.
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