HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Tuesday, Huntsville voters passed the renewal of the ad valorem tax. The money will be used to revamp local schools.
In a day where the “t-word” is used, any tax initiative can be tricky. However, voters overwhelmingly approved the measure. Here is the final tally:
- For – 18,220 votes – 69%
- Against – 8,250 votes – 31%
Huntsville Superintendent Casey Wardynski said he was very pleased the measure passed.
“Thanks to the voters we’ll now have the resources we need to make sure our students are in well-maintained buildings, and that we can work on square footage of the district to be more appropriate and more modern to meet educational needs,” said Dr. Wardynski.
Dr. Jess Brown, a political science professor at Athens State University, and WHNT News 19’s Political Analyst, says the money will be put to good use.
“I felt the ad valorem tax would pass. It was supported by practically every business and political leader in Huntsville I can think of,” said Dr. Brown. “But anytime you have a vote and you have the t-word on the ballot, you are going to have a certain amount of opposition. Huntsville leaders have to be, frankly, proud the tax was renewed by a margin of 2-1.”
See all local election results on WHNT.com.