Madison Superintendent: School board, city council must join forces to collect much-needed tax money from Limestone County

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MADISON, Ala. - Tonight at 5:30 p.m. the Madison City Board of Education will hold a joint meeting with the Madison City Council to discuss the Limestone County tax dispute.

"We're very concerned about the funding for Madison City Schools," said Dr. Dee Fowler, Superintendent. "Most recently we have lost $1.7 million, the reason is we have 1,800 children who reside in Madison city, Limestone County-- we are not receiving any county-wide property tax, sales tax or the TVA in lieu of tax money.  $1.7 million, that's a big problem."

The purpose of tonight's joint meeting is to try to brainstorm to figure out how Madison City Schools can get the tax dollars leaders say the district is entitled to.

"We're hoping to come up with ideas and we'll come up with some key people that we need to meet, to talk to to get a resolution," explained Fowler.

Dr. Fowler also wants people to understand the negative impact the loss of those tax dollars is having on students.

"Our elementary schools are at 95% capacity, we do not have the money to build our 8th elementary school, we've already cut art, music and foreign language in our elementary schools," he said.

The superintendent says all departments in the district are looking at cuts, and perhaps the one that will have the biggest impact is technology.

"Technology is ever-changing and we have to keep up, by putting that off for a year or two, that puts us way behind the curve," explained Fowler.

Fowler says he will go to any length to meet with Limestone County school leaders.

"We're ready to meet with Limestone County at any day, any time, any place. If they call us tomorrow and say let's meet in Florence, Alabama, I promise we'll be there," said Dr. Fowler.

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