Henry County Schools tax vote approaching

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

Tuesday a special election is being held to give citizens a chance to vote on more funding for the school system.

The first tax is a one mill renewal tax, meaning if citizens approve it they will see no increase in their current tax payout.

The second is a new 3 mill tax to help boost funding for education.

Henry County Schools Superintendent Dennis Coe said, "We rank 104 out of 131 school systems in local tax support. Our children are much more important than that."

That's what Henry County voters will decide Tuesday, if they want to invest in the future of their children.

Coe said, “We have a $1 million renewal which wouldn't create an increase for anyone and that will enable us to keep status quo. The $3 million would be a new tax and that will let us sustain our ROTC program in Headland and Abbeville.”

Many farmers are concerned the tax will put an additional financial burden on them and their families. But county leaders assure us that will not be the case.

Coe said, “Basically the second largest farm in Henry County would see an increase of about $23 per month. The third largest would see an increase of about $14 per month, so it is an increase and we do think these programs are vital to these students.

Henry County citizen Larry Wells said, “There's a big concern with the economy, farmers feel like they are being squeezed and residents know they are being squeezed, how easy is it to be for a tax increase. That’s what's at stake here, if we don't vote for this opportunity."

Henry County schools do post all their financial information online in an effort to create a transparent system where residents know that their tax dollars are being put to good use.

Here's the breakdown of how a $1 million increase would affect your family.

If you have a $100,000 home, your tax increase would be about $2.50 per month.

On a $200,000 home, your tax increase would be about $5 per month.

And if you vote to pass a $3 million tax and you live in a $100,000 home you'd pay about $7.50 per month.

While it’s a little tricky to understand, it’s important to know before you head to the polls. Henry County polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 pm. tomorrow.

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