Why a lottery won’t resolve Baldwin County’s school tax issues

If there is one thing almost all sides of the recently defeated Baldwin County School System tax referendum can agree upon, it’s this — the chances of a lottery funding a massive county-wide school construction program has as much chance of happening as someone hitting it big in a Mega Millions jackpot.Ford, who is optimistic one of the lottery proposals can lead to a statewide referendum on the issue in March, said the concept behind the plans is not to raise money to build schools.

“You can’t sponsor a lottery and send it back to local schools,” he said. “That would not work. (Baldwin County School System) has a problem and there are a lot of problems in Alabama right now.”

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