Montgomery, AL – Legislators continue to discuss the possibility of giving state employees a cost-of-living raise. The Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved two bills Wednesday. They would mandate a four percent raise for active and retired state employees. The bills passed with bipartisan support. Governor Bob Riley, however, is pushing for a different pay raise bill. It would provide a four percent raise only if extra money becomes available in the state General Fund.
Athens, AL – Voters in Limestone County will decide a property tax issue Tuesday. They will determine whether 20-year property taxes designated for Athens and Limestone County schools should continue. City schools have one-point-one million dollars riding on the decision, and county schools have two-point-six million on the line. Athens City Schools Superintendent Orman Bridges Junior and Limestone County Superintendent Barry Carroll say it's important for voters to know that NO new taxes are involved.