MONTGOMERY, ALA. (November 4, 2020) – On Tuesday the people of Montgomery County spoke, voting YES by a margin of 61.1% to 38.9% to increase property taxes to better fund Montgomery Public Schools (MPS). With that, they vowed to support and encourage MPS, which has been neglected for years, with only mandatory funding increases over the past few decades.
“I am proud to have spent time serving on the Chamber of Commerce task force developed to educate Montgomery citizens on this very important vote,” said Beasley Allen lawyer LaBarron Boone, who served as co-chair for the campaign encouraging Montgomery County citizens to support the tax. “Raising two children who have attended public schools I am keenly aware of the roadblocks ahead but I am encouraged because of the positive influences and tenacity of the teachers and administration my family has witnessed over the past 13 years.”
Tuesday’s vote will increase the current tax rate by 12 mills, which is estimated to generate about $33 million for the school system, and the average family would pay only about $12.75 more per month in property taxes. This increase will allow MPS leadership and faculty to compete with neighboring Pike Road and Auburn districts.
“Montgomery is now poised to move forward as a strong Capital City,” said firm founding attorney Jere Beasley. “We all want a place our children and grandchildren can return to and raise a family. Improving our public school system will pay dividends over the coming generations, allowing not only for personal growth but economic growth with businesses choosing to locate to our city and allowing existing businesses the opportunity to grow with a strong hiring pool and a place for their employees to send their own children.”