2015 Special Municipal Bond Election
Absentee Ballot Application Deadline is April 23rd. Absentee ballot applications must be received by City Hall (144 Tichenor Avenue) by Thursday, April 23rd. Absentee ballot applications are available at Auburn City Hall and online.
On April 28, Auburn voters will head to the polls for a special election to approve funding for construction of a new Auburn High School. If approved, bonds will be issued to finance the new high school, and will be repaid through the Special Five Mill Tax Fund. There are no new or increased taxes proposed on the ballot.
Voter approval on April 28 will provide the funding needed to move forward with the construction of the new high school. The new Auburn High School will be constructed on the extension of East Samford Avenue connecting East University Drive and East Glenn Avenue. The school will cost approximately $72 million and will be able to accommodate 2,200 students in an approximately 348,000 square foot facility. The new Auburn High School will have a planned opening date of fall 2017.
Auburn City Schools is the fastest growing school district in Alabama, with over 4,500 new students projected over the next decade. Construction of a new high school is a key component of Auburn City Schools' plan to manage enrollment growth, and will enable a school re-alignment plan to make the most efficient use possible of all facilities. Under this plan, the current Auburn High School will become an 8th and 9th grade center, Auburn Junior High will become a 7th grade center and Drake Middle School will become a 6th grade center.
Last year, Mayor Ham announced plans to increase City of Auburn funding to Auburn City Schools and to make the Special Five Mill Tax Fund available to help construct the new high school. The Special Five Mill Tax Fund has previously been used for voter approved projects like the Yarbrough Tennis Center, the Harris Center and renovation of the Frank Brown Recreation Center. Both the city's funding plan and the school's facility plan follow intensive analysis of enrollment growth and facility use, as well as significant public input from well-attended public meetings held last year.