Fairhope City Council has been pedaling backwards their whole term. They now have a chance to pedal forward, putting Fairhope on the map, when it comes to the city supporting education.



The Fairhope City Council is in full re-election mode, for 2020, and are trying desperately to accomplish anything they can claim for a victory. So far, going on three years, they have yet to produce…


Alabama’s Equity Funding formula is not equitable, when it comes to Baldwin County. A Fairhope solution, discussed for years has been a 3 mill property tax in a designated school district. The Fairhope Education Advisory Committee [FEAC], after consideration of the 2015 Akribos Group Academic Audit and reviewing the needs of all 5 schools in Fairhope have suggested to the City Council a 3 mill property tax. This district,6, would be inside the boundaries of the Fairhope schools feeder pattern. The estimated income from the 3 mills is 1.88 million.

Special School Tax Will Need Council’s Blessing (Updated)

Special School Tax Will Need Council’s Blessing (Updated)

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In order to have a referendum on the issue the Council has to jump through several hoops even to make certain deadlines. It is a good suggestion, however, Baldwin County voters are not inclined to tax themselves. What is going to stop the County from raiding the fund. That is what they did with the penny tax, then County Commissioner Chris Elliott and School Superintendent Eddie Tyler skimmed off 200,000 dollars a year from the school tax for County infrastructure. Why would we not expect that to happen down the road with the 3 mills!

The Fairhope City Council can begin pedaling forward by considering the Mayor’s suggestions to reach the same goal. The Council would be able to approve over 70% of the 1.88 million goal, by Council action, passing a Permanent Ordinance. NOW The Council, FEAC and the Mayor are on the same page, as far as the ultimate goal of 1.88 million. The Mayor is committed to schools and has presented proposals that need careful consideration before committing to a referendum which has little chance of passing. Council President Jack Burrell”s comment “ I want out of the school business”, was a sad commentary to the overall conversation. Mr Burell is more interested in the Airport and 2020 elections than Schools. He would rather kick the can down the road to a tax referendum, that he feels will fail. School Principals and teachers should weigh in on the options, take a chance on the referendum or go with a Permanent Council Ordinance. It should be noted the Mayor is on board for the 3 mill tax, she just feels it is more prudent to use the Fairhope Equitable School Plan first as a stepping stone to the 3 mill tax.

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Let’s hope the council does not allow Catalyst or their ego’s to get in the way of what could be the vehicle that spares our teachers from being fundraisers and allows them to teach. Fairhope will be debt free in 2019. The Mayor’s proposal is to use 10% of the income from sales tax, estimated at 800,000 to a million a year, for the bulk of the 1.88 million dollar goal. The Council can do that NOW. If the Council goes ahead with the referendum and it fails then they get another F.



Fairhope Council President fails, again. The Fairhope City Council rushed into a deal to obtain grant money to purchase the K-1 center. Council president Burrell would not consider any other options…



Two Eastern Shore cities propose school tax referendum – Lagniappe Mobile

Two Eastern Shore cities propose school tax referendum – Lagniappe Mobile

As state legislators begin to meet in Montgomery next week to discuss the merits of raising the gas tax, two Eastern Shore cities are likely to schedule separate referendums to allow voters to decide whether to raise their property tax to benefit local schools. The city councils of both Spanish Fort and Fairhope will likely …


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11 Comments on "PEDALING FORWARD"

  1. No new taxes | February 27, 2019 at 5:29 pm |

    Watch the other counties in the state sue us for the money. It happened before.

    • Why should we raise any of the things that we are taxed on in Baldwin County. We actually provide a third of Alabama’s budget funding each year. We should get a tax cut for having to take care of all the guest we get as well as the rest of the state.

  2. Fred Neumann | February 27, 2019 at 6:48 pm |

    Is it just me or has Mayor Wilson grown into the job well?
    She has a long list of financial accomplishment. Definitely voting for her in 2020.

    • I Respect Mayor Wilson | February 27, 2019 at 9:09 pm |

      Oh yes, Karin has grown! She is tough and kind at the same time. I am glad to have her as MY mayor!
      To witness the stuff she has had to put up with and to see her still standing is impressive. She has earned my respect, my support, and my vote.

    • Georgia Peach | February 28, 2019 at 12:02 pm |

      Is it just me or is Jack a freaking huge loser? What has he done for anyone other than himself?

    • Georgia Orwell | February 28, 2019 at 9:19 pm |

      She has been amazing…..even at her worst, she has always been better for Fairhope than our previous Mayors. I don’t know her personally but am happy that she has done such great things for out City; she has proven to everyone that we desperately needed a new leader. Because we are so over-lapped with the county and various school districts, she needs our support to continue doing the best for Fairhope. I have not heard much from the coin-operated Council denouncing her lately, evidence that they can no longer find support for their negative propaganda. I am 100% behind her; can’t wait to rid the City of Jack Burrell as Council President ( he is probably a great member of the CC because of his institutional knowledge but needs to step aside b/c of conflicts and bad judgment and the airport issues and his unwillingness to follow the CC rules). Regardless of the CC, Karin has my vote and full support in 2020!

  3. Huntsville transplant | February 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm |

    I ain’t paying. Ivey just hit us hard w a gas tax.
    Taxing the tunnel too!
    Never stops.

    • Tax Tax Tax. As one legislator from central Alabama said a few years ago, “You have all them money folks down there in Baldwin County just waiting to be taxed and governed.”
      When those folks up there pay so little taxes and keep THEIR taxes low, what can’t we?

  4. Cherie Sullivan is running for mayor.
    Heard it hear first.

  5. Iftheylivewelive | March 2, 2019 at 5:03 am |

    Here’s an idea: Why don’t all you do-gooder council pro Jack Burrell types ride your bicycles to the pier and look at the pollution. See the turds and toilet paper–yes feces and Charmin! It is disgusting and it is Fairhope today. The “modern” city. Makes me sick this council.

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