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Should schools participate in development?

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

October 28, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Voters hitting the polls will decide if their county schools can choose to play a role in development. 

Amendment 2 would allow school boards to choose on whether or not they would play a part in tax allocation districts. In these districts, money made in future property tax increases would be used to pay off bonds sold to build up blighted areas.

Schools would be able to choose whether they wanted to participate and at what percentage.  

"There is no tax increase involved. And key number two is that we are only allowing the school board the option. In our case if this those pass we would have a presentation with the Dougherty County School Board. And they as a body would make that selection,"  said Albany Assistant City Manager Wes Smith.

In February, the state Supreme Court ruled that the use of educational funds for redevelopment purposes violated the state Constitution.

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