Status quo for equity funding

Equity funding may not seem fair for Baldwin County schools, but don’t count on major changes in time to make up for current shortages, a former state financial director told local officials Monday.

Members of the Baldwin County Board of Education, County Commission and legislative delegation met at the county’s Central Annex in Robertsdale to discuss funding for local schools. The Board of Education approved a resolution in July asking the County Commission to pass a two-year, 1-cent sales tax to provide money to avoid more layoffs and cuts at public schools.

While local property and sales tax income is down, equity funding is also eating into Baldwin revenue, said Faron Hollinger, superintendent of education. Under the state equity funding program, the value of 10 mills of local property taxes is withheld from each Alabama school system and used to help systems with lower revenues

Status quo for equity funding