State Auditor plans news conference in Athens about school tax vote, school system to respond

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ATHENS, Ala. - Tuesday, voters in Athens will have the chance to go to the polls. They will determine if there will be a tax increase for school capital improvements.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler plans to be in Athens to share some concerns leading up to the vote. He's scheduled to speak at 1:00 p.m. today, August 24, at the Limestone County Courthouse.

Zeigler says his office has received four complaints against Athens High School officials. His office says those complaints are related to school officials using public resources to campaign for a "yes" vote.

School leaders say there is an account separate from the school system that parents and other community members in support of the tax increase have raised money for. That account, they say, is what was used to purchase signs placed throughout the community.

Athens City School Superintendent Trey Holladay plans to hold a news conference in response to Zeigler's comments today at 1:30. That news conference will be held at Athens City Schools Central Office on Highway 31. School Board Attorney Shane Black will also be at the news conference.

School officials say the tax increase would only be temporary, and the funds would go to school construction. Specifically, they want to build a new high school and elementary school. They also want to make improvements to other schools.

Polls are open Tuesday, August 25, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.