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Good ‘yes’ voter turnout way to support schools

An overwhelming “yes” vote in rural Morgan County on Tuesday to renew a 7.5 mill property tax will be an affirming event for the school system. School officials only want the renewal of the tax that’s been in place since 1957. They don’t really care about the margin of victory.

But victory by a wide margin will show strong support for school employees.

Renewing the tax keeps in place about $4.8 million that Morgan County Schools receive locally to help run the 19-school system of elementary, middle schools and high schools.

A recent article in The Daily focused on the non-tenured teachers who would lose their jobs if the tax renewal vote Tuesday does not pass. It also talked about the larger size classes that would result from failing to extend the tax.

Morgan County has an outstanding school system, in large measure because voters outside Decatur and Hartselle continue to pass the 7.5 mills in property taxes.

This tax does not affect Decatur or Hartselle and all of the tax revenue goes to county schools.

The turnout for this type election historically is low if voters are pleased with their schools. As a show of support for the schools, however, it would be nice if rural voters made a special effort to go to the polls Tuesday and vote to renew the tax.

Remember, this is not a new tax.

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