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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2006
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Hartselle school tax good for all

Conventional wisdom is that those with school-age children vote for increased school taxes but those without don't.

We hope conventional wisdom proves wrong in Hartselle.

The Hartselle school board has proposed a 12.5-mill tax to fund a much-needed new high school. The tax would add about $128 a year to the property tax of a $100,000 home. The $25 million to $35 million school would house 1,200 students.

Construction of a new high school obviously benefits those with children who will attend it. Less obvious, but also important, are the benefits common to all taxpayers.

Hartselle has much to offer prospective residents, particularly those with children. In coming years, it will increasingly attract the attention of people taking Huntsville jobs who want a slower pace and safer environment for their families. Those same people want to see a good school system with strong community support.

More residents, especially high-income ones, increase the tax base. They also raise property values, quite likely more than the increased tax would.

Now is the time to build a new high school because Hartselle children need it. It's also the time to build because it can help Hartselle benefit from Huntsville's growth.

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