An attorney is researching a proposal calling for a special election in August to increase Limestone County sales tax by 1 cent.

“We want to make sure everything is legal and if so, it will be on the agenda next Wednesday for discussion and for a vote by commissioners the following Monday,” Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said Wednesday. “I don’t see a problem with it. We’ll ask for a referendum to let the people decide in August.”

The Limestone County Board of Education is seeking the penny increase in the sales tax to improve county schools. School board members unanimously agreed Monday to ask county commissioners to call a special election.

School officials say the tax hike is needed to pay for $50 million in school construction and renovation projects at seven county schools. Impending growth and deteriorating facilities prompted the request.

If approved, the 1-cent tax would take effect in September and generate about $5 million a year or $50 million over 10 years. The schools would borrow $50 million for the projects and use the 1-cent tax to pay off the debt. After 10 years, the tax would be discontinued, which would be stated on the ballot.

In other action Wednesday, commissioners were told that county employee Mitchell Robertson, who was suspended from District 4 without pay, is appealing the suspension. Robertson, who is being represented by attorney Randy Hanes, was suspended recently for violating county policy by being arrested on theft charges, commissioners said.

Also, Clare Middleton was reappointed to the Top of Alabama Regional Housing Authority, with his term ending April 13, 2012; Joshua McLaughlin and Jay Stinnett were given permission to attend a homicide-investigation training school from June 3-15 in Louisville, Ky.; Terry Boyd was promoted to engineering assistant; Ervin Sandefer was hired as an equipment operator in District 1; Bradley Lamar Ray was hired as a county corrections officer pending drug and alcohol screening; Amy Green was hired as an accounts clerk at Limestone County Community Corrections; and Gail T. Bailey received permission to take family medical leave from March 9-23.

Bids were awarded to Thompson Tractor for $45,800 on one or more new mini excavators in Districts 1 and 3; to Trailers by Dale Sale for no more than $76,247 for a new mobile-command trailer; and to Global Fire Sprinkler for $24,670 for the second phase of a sprinkler system at the Community Corrections building.

Commissioners also approved Parkhill Subdivision at Capshaw Road, west of Old Railroad Bed Road; Mallard Place at Marina Drive on the west end of Snake Road; and lots 14 and 15 of Tremont Subdivision at the intersection of Banford and Capshaw Roads.

Merit salary increases were approved for county employees Marty Bates, Paul Cain, Deborah Clutts, Nichole Crutcher, Justin Flanagan, Kaye Gordon, Joel Hammond, Randy King, Krystal Lewter, Janice Miller, Lisa Miller, Loren Norwood, Shelia Pressnell and Clay Stinnett.

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