City Councilman Robin LeJeune announced that he will push for the creation of a Daphne city school system during council comments at Monday night’s meeting.
Citing what he called trust issues with the Baldwin County Board of Education, LeJeune said it was time for the city to take steps to break away from the county system.
Voters in Daphne voted 70 percent to 30 percent against the proposed 8-mill property tax increase March 31. County wide, voters also rejected renewals of current seven mills worth of taxes that support the school system. The Board of Education said that the new taxes would have funded a $350 million capital campaign that included renovating existing schools and building new schools in the county’s growth areas over the next 10 years.
Daphne’s 70-30 “No” vote was the largest margin on the Eastern Shore. The new taxes were rejected 62-38 in Fairhope and 54-46 in Spanish Fort.