New School will Require Tax Increases

New School will Require Tax Increases

Marla Jones, Managing Editor

Rainsville, Ala.-- (Full video on Southern Torch Facebook) The Rainsville City Council held a public meeting with Criterion Consulting, before their regular meeting on Monday, to discuss the Feasibility Study for a Rainsville City School System. 

The study’s purpose was not to make a recommendation as to whether or not the City should move forward in forming its own school system.  Financial data, student enrollment trends, student transportation data, and a review of the school facilities were all presented so the Council could make an informed decision as to whether or not they wished to pursue the formation of a Rainsville City School System. 

The budget for the new school system was built upon anticipated revenues and expenditures. The study identified possible tax increases needed to not only form a new Rainsville City School System but to sustain it going forward. 

“This is going to take a good deal of money and a lot of thought needs to be done before we decide on moving forward on this project” stated Rainsville Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt. 

The feasibility study can be found on the City of Rainsville website. 

At the Rainsville council meeting, the Council bid out construction of a road to the proposed Public Works Facility Site, with bids to be opened on April 5 at 10 a.m.

After going into Executive Session, the Council accepted a bid from Lambert Contracting, in the amount of $367,235.00,  for the Main Force Sewer Line from 50 Taters to Hwy 75.

The Council passed Resolution 03-06-2023 which approved the TAP Sidewalk Project Construction Agreement from Shiloh Ranch Road to Dilbeck.

In other business, the Council:

  • Hired Rodney Higgins/CDL Driver Effective 3-1-23 @ 16.58 per hour
  • Approved Travel/Training Request—Sandy Little for Revenue Training
  • Announced the closure of  Rainbow Ave South to Clements Road on Monday, March 13 for Tile Work 
  • Approved an Emergency Light Beacon for the Rainsville Fire Department that will aid Department Personnel entering Hwy 35
  • Donated $500 to the Rainsville City Chamber for upcoming projects

The next regular Rainsville Council Meeting will be on March 20, 2023. A work session will begin at 4 p.m. and the regular session will begin at 4:30 p.m. 

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