Low voter turnout could mean school tax issue hinges on low number of votes – WKRG News 5
ROBERTSDALE, Alabama (WKRG) – Voters in Central Baldwin County are the latest group of homeowners asked if they want to raise property taxes to help fund schools. The results might depend on a small number of votes.
When polling stations normally open in the morning, there is usually a queue. But Tuesday morning, at Central Baldwin’s largest polling station in Robertsdale, it was barely a trickle. The Baldwin County Sheriff was the second person to vote.
“There are other foundations for education in our county that came before this one and they have proven to be very successful and it is a chance for every community to show their support for their local school system,” said the Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack after saying he voted yes.
There are a number of factors causing a low turnout: it’s the only problem on the ballot, there isn’t any other candidate or question that draws people and initiative. didn’t attract much attention. Most of those who shared their vote on camera said they voted yes.
“The simple fact that they want to be there and they want to learn, they are great kids and deserve these opportunities,” said Nancy Caruthers, “yes” voter. Others explained why they voted no.
“I think we need to be a little more responsible financially, I think more money would help, but I want to see evidence that people are responsible with the money we give them,” said Rick Zitnik, voter of “no”.
On the table is a property tax increase to help fund schools around Robertsdale, Silverhill and Loxley. Fairhope and Spanish Fort have adopted similar measures for their schools in recent years after county-wide tax increases failed in 2015.