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Voting Reminder: Feb 10, 2015

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The Birmingham Board of Education, 2014. (Evan Belanger/ebelanger@al.com)

The Birmingham school board’s delay to vote on a property tax increase is coming up on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

According the July 2014 article by Evan Belanger of AL.com:

“100 percent of the revenue generated by the tax increase would go toward instructional purposes. If approved, he [BOE President Randall Woodfin] said, Birmingham City Schools would be able to offer pre-Kindergarten programs at every elementary school. It would also allow the school system to restore band and fine arts programs at all schools, he said, and help expand the school system’s new career academies, which serve as a sort of academic major for high school students.

Historically, the school system has been heavily dependent on state revenue, which accounted for 59 percent of its $201.5 million budget this fiscal year. As student populations dwindled though, taking state dollars with them, the school system was forced to cut programs like fine arts, music and athletics.”

Read the full AL.com article from July 2014 here.

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