Athens citizens hit the polls to vote on property tax increase

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala.- Athens voters are at the polls. That vote is on a proposed property tax increase. The money raised would go to building new schools and paying for upgrades at existing schools

"This is what democracy is all about. The right and freedom to get out and vote," said Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks.

It was a revolving door into the polls, as voters cast their ballots. Some were for the tax hike, “I support this. I've been real clear about supporting this because I think it will be an economic boom to our community.”

Others, like Michael Williams, were against it. "I believe when you raise taxes on property, your food goes up and your clothing goes up, everything goes up."

Mayor Ronnie Marks says even young people were getting involved, with nearly 50 absentee ballots turned in by students away at college. "They recognize the school they've grown up in and they recognize there is a need for change."

Williams says he believes the schools only need a face-lift. "Some of them are old, they might need an upgrade, But that's where you've got Washington to help you with; Supposed to be anyway. Not just the taxpayers of Athens, Alabama."

The polls are open until 7 p.m.