More Tax Money for Dale County Residents?

By: Erica Profer
By: Erica Profer

People living in Dale County will have two items on the ballot that will mean more money out of their pockets, if it's passed.

Election day will be more than voting on the candidate of your choice. For some it's time to decide if you want to give more in property taxes, especially if you live in Dale County.

Two items are going to be on the Dale County ballots. Amendment Two, that's a statewide vote, will create a 10 mill minimum for every property tax city and county school system dedicated to public schools.

That would increase people living in Dale County, except Ozark residents, by at least one mill a year, which is about an additional ten dollars on a $100,000 home.

"We feel like this would benefit all of our students in our school system. We just feel like it’s an equity problem that needs to be cleared up," said Dale County schools superintendent, Phillip Parker.

The other increase is also related to property tax. A fire and EMS fee is on the ballots that would create a $30 a year fee per residential and commercial site, excluding Ozark.

The money would be designated for the volunteer fire and emergency management services throughout the county, setting up a dale county rescue squad association.

"We’re only asking for $30 a year. That’s very cheap for insurance, especially for your fire departments. These fire departments can lower your ISO ratings that makes the people’s insurance go down. If you can lower your ISO rating by one or two points you’re looking at two or three hundred dollars a year savings on insurance for a $30 investment," Wess Etheredge, president of the Dale Co. Firefighters Association, said.

Amendment two would start with the tax year beginning October 1, 2007, and the fire/EMS fee would start in the 2008 tax season.

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