Contact your local elected officials and let them know this issue is important to you. This would include the state senator and representative for your particular district. State legislators can assist in getting the Limestone County and Athens City Boards of Education to the negotiating table. They can also work issues such as TVA in lieu of tax money, and adopting legislation that could better define the school funding process.
County commission representatives may also be able to help facilitate negotiations, as well as seeking appropriate funding for our school district.
Your city council representatives may be able to help restrict certain annexations into Madison City until this dispute can be resolved.
You can always increase awareness by sharing information with your neighbors. You can also share with your local homeowners' association.
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Most elected officials want to hear your honest opinion. Templates that are simply copied and pasted tend to go directly into the trash. Let your elected officials know that this is important to you, and that you'd like their assistance in finding a remedy.
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Madison residents living in Limestone County pay the same amount of ad-valorem tax as residents living in Madison County. The problem is that the Limestone County and Athens City Boards of Education have sued the Limestone County Revenue Commissioner (as well as our Board of Education and superintendent) to prevent those taxes from being dispersed to our school system.
Our residents are hard-working, tax-paying citizens. Litigation is keeping them from receiving a benefit from their tax money.
The Madison City School System was formed to serve all residents of Madison and, through an agreement, the residents of the Town of Triana. We welcome all students whose parents or guardians reside within our boundaries. Legally we must accept all such students. The only other option would be to dissolve the system, in which case Limestone residents would go to Limestone County Schools and Madison residents would go to Madison County Schools.