THE
PELL CITY KIDS COUNT REFERENDUM

Get the FACTS, so you can be an INFORMED VOTER!

When: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

We believe that Pell City kids count just as much as kids from surrounding communities. With schools that haven’t been upgraded in more than 30 years, it is time to bring Pell City Schools up to a competitive level in the sciences, arts and career departments. With less than the cost of a McDonald’s meal a month, we can improve every school in our system and add important safety measures. We invite you to read the details below, get the facts, tell your friends, and please, support our children. Please vote Yes on Tuesday, November 16 for the sake of our kids and our community.

Pell City Schools Long Form.mp4

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Q. What is the Pell City Kids Count Referendum?

A. It is a proposed plan for much-needed renovation, maintenance, and repairs within Pell City Schools to enable us to better serve our students.

Q. If I live outside the city limits of Pell City, can I vote on the Referendum?

A. YES! As long as you live within the school district and are registered by November 1, 2021, you can VOTE!

Q. Why does this Referendum need to be passed now?

A. These needs within our schools are real and need to be addressed now. In some cases, it’s a matter of safety. We have elementary school students with no storm shelter available to them on campus, so this is an urgent need. In other cases, new, renovated, or repaired facilities are needed in order to provide Pell City students – now and in years to come – with the best education possible.

Q. Who will benefit from the passing of this Referendum?

A. All of us. The funds provided by the passage of this referendum will benefit today’s students by providing new and improved facilities for them. It will continue to fund improvements for the next 30 years, so the children of Pell City will continue to benefit for decades to come. And most importantly, since great schools make great communities, we will all benefit from the rewards that will be reaped by the passage of this referendum.

WHAT WILL THIS COST ME?

Homeowner Example:

Home appraised at $250,000.00

$250,000.00 x .1001 = $25,025.00 (Assessed Value with Homestead Exemption)

$25,025.00 x .005 = $125.13 per year increase

$125.13/12 months = $10.43 per month increase

Find your property’s ASSESSED value at the link below. Property tax is determined based on ASSESSED value.

(Calculations are close estimates as properties are assessed with slight differences. Please contact the St. Clair County Revenue Commission office at 205-594-2160 with specific questions about your tax amount.)

HOW DOES PELL CITY COMPARE?

HOW WILL THE MONEY BE SPENT?

Many core needs in the Pell City School System's facilities have not been addressed in 30+ years. There are outdated facilities badly in need of attention. There are safety issues as well as improvements that, once made, will make a difference in our students' lives for decades to come.

Elementary Schools:

• Build Storm Shelters at Eden and Coosa Valley Elementary where there currently are none

• Make full-time Art and Music Instruction available at all four elementary schools

• Replace the Gym Floor at Eden and Kennedy Elementary schools

• Add Fencing, upgrade Parking Lot and Landscaping at Iola Roberts Elementary

Intermediate and Junior High Schools:

• Install Gym Floor at Williams Intermediate

• Build a new Multi-Purpose Facility for PE and extra-curricular activities at Duran Jr. High

Pell City High School:

• Build a new Cafeteria

Build a new Band Hall next to the Center for Education and Performing Arts

Expand Animal Science Lab/Shop/Classroom space in Agriscience

Relocate and upgrade Library/Media Center

• Expand Career Tech programming to include Hospitality/Culinary, Computer Science, and Audio/Visual

Transform current library into a Career Tech Empower Center to strengthen partnership between students, business and industry, as well as launch new programs

New Flooring, Paint, and Design Features throughout the existing building and General Grounds improvements

Athletic Facilities:

PETE RICH STADIUM

• Upgrade existing grass to Artificial Turf at football and soccer field

• Upgrade Drainage System

• Resurface Walking Track around the football field

• Upgrade Restrooms

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL FACILITY

• Renovate and upgrade Playing Surfaces (turf/grass)

• Upgrade Drainage System

• Add/replace Fencing

Expand Restroom Facilities/Concessions/Press Box

A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S TO COME

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When: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16