Gardendale City Council Meeting July 1, 2013
Gardendale, AL – July 1, 2013 – The Mayor and City Council of the City of Gardendale announced their intention to separate from the Jefferson County School System and create an independent school system at the city council meeting Monday night. A feasibility study by Dr. Ira Harvey and a budget developed by independent accounting firm Carr, Riggs and Ingram led city leaders to the decision.
“I feel we have completed our due diligence in determining the feasibility of forming our own city school system,” said City Council President, Stan Hogeland. “We are confident that the information gathered is as accurate as humanly possible.”
Both the study and budget determined that to adequately fund the new school system, a 10-mil property tax dedicated exclusively to the school system is a necessity.
“We want the citizens of Gardendale to be behind the school system and it will require a vote of the people.” Hogeland said.
The exact date of the referendum will be determined at a later date.
The investigation into creating an independent school system for the City of Gardendale raised the question of annexation of the unincorporated community of Mount Olive. Mayor Othell Phillips asked his department heads to compile budget information for providing city services to the proposed annexed areas.
The initial costs / revenue comparisons with reference to annexation of all or portions of Mt. Olive do not appear to be favorable. However, the Mayor and City Council continue to explore all options regarding annexation. In the event annexation is not feasible, the Mayor and City Council intend to encourage the Gardendale school board to grandfather-in Mt. Olive students.
In summary, Hogeland said, “The Mayor and Council are united in our decision to create an independent school system and we look forward to making Gardendale an even greater place to work, live and raise your family.”