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Commission calls for special election on mill tax renewal

By Sheryl Marsh
DAILY Staff Writer 340-2437

The Morgan County Commission adopted a resolution Tuesday to call a special election for Jan. 16 to continue a 7.3 millage property tax that yields more than $4 million annually for county schools.

Decatur and Hartselle are not included.

When making the motion to adopt the resolution, District 4 Commissioner Richard Lyons said he would like for the county attorney to review the tax levy each year before the commission approves it.

The tax was enacted in 1957 and must be renewed every 30 years. This year is the expiration year.

The Morgan County Board of Education will lose about $106,000 in motor vehicle taxes from October through December, according to reports.

The issue could have gone on the Nov. 6 general election ballot if county and school board officials had remembered that the tax expires Sept. 30.

County Attorney Bill Shinn sent a letter to school officials explaining that the license commissioner will not have the legal authority to collect the 7.3. mill tax on motor vehicles after Sept. 30.

The issue will not affect the majority of tax money from real property because the revenue commissioner's office collects it in arrears.

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