Southgate schools withdraws nickel tax; city suggests residents ‘let your voices be heard’

Haley Parnell
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In November, Southgate Independent Schools Superintendent Greg Duty reported to the Southgate City Council that the school board had passed a recallable nickel tax.

But that request has been withdrawn, according to a Tuesday Facebook post from the city of Southgate.

“Southgate Independent School has notified the city and city council that they withdrew their request to add a nickel tax for this year,” said the Facebook post. “It will be added next year.”

In a comment left under the post, the city reminded residents that they are not involved in setting tax rates for the school.

“I would suggest that you go to the school board meetings and let your voices be heard,” the city’s comment stated.

The school board initially sought the tax of .057 cents per $100, or $57 for every $100,000 in property evaluation, to be eligible for “urgent need” money from the state. That would increase their bonding capacity from $800,000 to $2.1 million.

Duty told the council in November that the school board was seeking additional funds for facility upgrades.

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