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Councilors Stand Firm to Make Education a Top Priority

Across the United States, city leaders and organizations have turned their attention to collectively investing resources and implementing a wide range of strategies in an effort to dramatically improve student achievement through educational funding. Education, being a vital part of any community, is an ongoing movement of transformation proving to be an invaluable asset for all students and residents to thrive. This past Tuesday Birmingham City Councilors pushed for educational changes by passing a resolution supporting the March 7, 2017 ballot measure to renew (not increase) the property taxes for public schools in Jefferson County. Councilors remain committed to creating a community that empowers every resident to pursue their dreams. Standing true to their firm beliefs, Councilors embrace the philosophy that every child is a gift worthy of an excellent education and that schools are indeed the heart of the community. Council President Johnathan F. Austin said that is imperative that as a city we come together to improve our school system.

“Our citizens need to know that their priorities, especially as it pertains to advancement of educational opportunities are our priorities,” Council President Austin said. “As legislators, we have to push for more resources and funding in our school systems in order to position our children, and young adults including aspiring entrepreneurs, for countless opportunities in our economy. We appreciate the residents for their diligence as they help push for change and show their support of the schools that serve the City of Birmingham.”

About the Resolution in Support of Public Schools in Jefferson County

Strong well-funded schools lead to thriving communities and contribute to the quality of life for all of the residents of the City of Birmingham. The State of Alabama does not provide adequate funding for school systems in Alabama and people of Jefferson County have for many, many years authorized property taxes for the support of our public schools. Renewal of those property taxes is absolutely essential to the provision of education to the children of the City of Birmingham. The Council understands that a strong K-12 education system is key to our great City remaining competitive in entrepreneurship, economic development, and job creation, job recruitment and job retention. The property taxes are the same taxes that have been in place for many years and are NOT new taxes. The Council encourages all of its residents to support our schools, and vote on March 7, 2017 ballot measure to renew (not increase) the property taxes for public schools in Jefferson County.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.