City Schools of Decatur: Tax relief bill finds sponsors, new super is on Twitter

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 5, 2015
David Dude. Photo provided by City Schools of Decatur

David Dude. Photo provided by City Schools of Decatur

City Schools of Decatur has secured sponsors to push legislation expanding homestead tax exemptions for seniors.

The news comes after voters on Nov. 3 overwhelmingly approved borrowing $75 million for school construction. That will also most likely result in a tax increase of about 8 percent. In an attempt to alleviate concerns about the tax burden on seniors, the Decatur School Board is asking the legislature to expand its homestead tax exemption. Currently, residents age 80 and older do not have to pay the school tax. The school board would like to see the age lowered to 65.

According to the Nov. 10 School Board agenda, state Sen. Elena Parent, D-42 and state Rep. Rahn Mayo, D-Decatur have agreed to sponsor the bill.

Nov. 10 will also be David Dude’s first meeting as CSD’s new superintendent. He’s already doing things a little differently than his predecessor, Phyllis Edwards. Dude has created Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

He Tweeted about his first day on the job …

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