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Alabama Madison School Taxes, Amendment 3 (2008)

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The Alabama Madison School Taxes Amendment 3 was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment that appeared on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Alabama, where it was approved.

Election results

Alabama Madison School Taxes (Countywide)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 566,593 50.5%
No555,52049.5%
Alabama Madison School Taxes (Madison in Limestone Co.)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No92277.9%
Yes 261 22.1%
Alabama Madison School Taxes (Madison in Madison Co.)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 11,944 75.2%
No3,94524.8%

Results according to Alabama Secretary of State.[1]

Changes to the Alabama Constitution

The passing of Alabama Madison School Taxes, Amendment 3 added Amendment 805 to the Alabama Constitution.

Background

According to Limestone County Probate Judge Mike Davis, the portion of the City of Madison inside Madison County has more than 23,600 registered voters, and the portion of the city inside Limestone County has about 1,350 registered voters. Davis said he does not recall any legislation that addresses taxation in annexed portions of a county, making this amendment groundbreaking. Currently, a portion of Limestone County residents’ taxes help fund Limestone County Schools.[2]

While the amendment was voted upon statewide, it required a majority of the residents Madison to approve for the amendment to receive full approval. Had the amendment been approved statewide, but not in Madison, it would not have been implemented until Madison residents approved in a future local election. Had the amendment not been approved statewide, it would have required state legislative action before it could have been reconsidered in another statewide election.[2]

Specific Provisions

The measure enacted the following provisions[2]:

  • Levy a tax on residents of Limestone County that have annexed into the City of Madison for the purpose of equalizing the rate of ad valorem taxation in those portions of Madison located in Limestone County with the portions located in Madison County.
  • Would collect 10.5-mil ad valorem tax from annexed residents to fund Madison City Schools.
  • Provide for the manner of conducting elections with respect to the tax.

A Taxpayer's Perspective from the National Taxpayers Union

Statewide Amendment Number Three will allow the City of Madison to levy an ad valorem tax for public schools in Limestone County equal to those currently levied in Madison County. This will have a modest impact on the property tax bills of Limestone County residents.

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