Opp tax vote today

Published 10:36 pm Monday, May 18, 2009

Opp voters will go to the polls today, Tues., May 19, to renew or reject a 5 mill ad valorem tax for city schools that’s been on the books for 60 years.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. District 4 voters will cast ballots at Opp’s Head Start building. All other districts will vote at the Opp Senior Citizen Center.

Currently, the OCS collects 12 mills total in ad valorem taxes. In 2006, the state passed an amendment that requires school systems to receive at least 10 mills.

If Opp citizens do not renew the 5 mill ad valorem tax, schools will lose those 5 mills and then be required to collect an additional 3 mill special schools tax to meet the state-required 10 mills.