Huntsville school officials are breathing a sigh of relief today after city voters overwhelmingly renewed a property tax that pays for school repairs and renovations.
As of about 9:45 p.m., the tally showed that 69 percent, or 18,220 of the voters, had voted to renew the 6.5 mill ad valorem tax, which is anticipated to bring in about $420 million for city schools over its 30-year lifespan.
Two precincts remained unaccounted for at the time of that count. Still, education officials were thrilled with the results thus far.
"That sort of margin speaks to the emphasis the citizens of Huntsville place on a quality education," said Superintendent Casey Wardynski. "At Huntsville City Schools, we're going to do our utmost to ensure that we make the most of residents' tax money when building and renovating schools."