Officials in Talladega and Calhoun counties are teaming up to ensure student safety.
Through the School Safety Act, they will propose a tax to pay for one law enforcement officer in every public school system in the counties. Voters will get to approve or reject the tax during a referendum in June. The act is expected to generate $2.5 million across the two counties.
In addition to putting school resource officers in each school, the act will help fund and maintan a system for teachers to directly communicate with law enforcement. The Alabama Regional Communications System (ARCS) is used in day-to-day school operations and also by emergency officials. A portion of the School Safety Act funding would support this existing system.
Supporters of the act says that the cost of the proposed tax would equal "two soft drinks a month." They estimate that a homeowner with property assessed at $100,000 would pay an estimated $35 a year to support the act.
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