2017 BCAR President Supports Unanimous Vote

Thursday, January 12, 2017

To whom it may concern:

Kudos and high praise for the Baldwin County Commissioners for the bold leadership in passing of the 1% sales and use tax for the Baldwin County Public Schools. I believe that a unanimous vote by the Baldwin County Commissioners shows that our leaders know just how important a well-funded school system is for Baldwin County.

As a local REALTOR®, broker, and 2017 President of the Baldwin County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR), I see daily the impact that the Baldwin County School System has on growth in our county. When buyers from out of the area search for a home in lower Alabama, a thriving school district is one of the most important criteria.

Maintaining funds for the school district is essential to helping the community thrive. If the school systems are adequately funded and able to function effectively, it reduces crime in the area, promotes a good reputation for new comers to the area, and promotes high property values. A stable functioning school system means better living for everyone, whether you have children in the area or not.

Back in February of 2016, BCAR worked with the National Association of REALTORS® encouraging voters to renew the 4 MILS. These efforts were successful in renewing the 3-mills tax, however the 1-mil vote did not pass as it was 200 votes short of the 60% it needed to pass. It is encouraging to see our leaders promoting education for our county and we appreciate such a lucrative investment in Baldwin County.

BCAR will continue to work with the Board of Education and all of Baldwin County leadership to promote and maintain the treasure of living in Baldwin County.

Frank Malone

2017 BCAR President