Voters in Birmingham, Alabama, approved three ballot measures—Propositions 1, 2, and 3—on Oct. 8. Proposition 1 continues a 42-cent tax for public school use. Proposition 2 continues the 28-cent tax for public school operations. Proposition 3 continues the 28-cent tax for debt service of school bonds. The total tax rate renewed by the propositions was $0.98 per $100 of taxable property for 25 years. Birmingham City Schools reported that the taxes raise approximately $32 million per year, which is about 14 percent of its annual budget.
Election night results with 94 percent of precincts reporting showed all three measures ahead with about 90 percent of voters approving them. Support for Proposition 1 led the race with 90.12 percent to 9.88 percent. Proposition 2 was supported by 90.06 percent of voters to 9.94 percent against. Proposition 3 had 89.23 percent of voters vote in favor of it, and 10.77 percent vote against it.
The taxes were last approved in 1991 and were set to expire in September 2021.