Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Homes, Honors and Helena

Most Affordable Ranking
Helena was ranked #1 in Alabama recently as the most affordable place to live. The only other city in Shelby County to make the top 10 was Calera. The ranking was calculated using several factors including closing cost, average Mtg payment and property tax. See full article here.

One factor has always been a concern to me. Helena operates on a balance budget each year but things always get tight because of Helena low property tax, It has caused Helena to look toward sales tax which mean more businesses. I feel that residents will one take have to address the imbalance one day or Helena will have issues that will lead us to be a less than ideal community. Here is how Helena compares to other cities in Shelby County on its property tax:

Birmingham 36.2 (for comparison)
Hoover 30.5
Pelham 14.0
Alabaster 10.0
Calera 10.0
Columbiana 10.0
Leeds 9.2
Montevallo 7.0
Helena 5.0 from and there are several more at 5 and lower

Distinguished Young Women of Shelby County
Nominate your daughter or student to be the next Distinguished Young Women of Shelby County. The deadline to turn in all paperwork and participate in the Distinguished Young Women of Shelby County Class of 2018 program is May 1st. Sign up online at and email for additional paperwork.

Congrats to the students of the HHS Yearbook Staff and Mrs. Burnside. The Helena High yearbook design received an Honorable Mention Recognition recently on their overall design and layout. Way to go

Helena Track
Helena had an excellant showing at the  Shelby County Championship. The men finished 2nd and the women finished 3rd. Here are some of the highlights posted on their feed:

In the 4x1 run they set a new record and take 1st place. Great job Jeremy, Cade, Justin
Justin Stuckey finished 2nd in Long Jump
Kirsen Gardner finished 1st in Shot Put and Discus (she is also the State Champ)

Allison Tanner finished 1st in Long Jump and 2nd in High Jump
Erin Fuller finished 3rd in Shot Put
Laurel Ling finished 3rd in Javelin

Jordan Wallace finished 1st in Triple Jump
Connor Tiffin finished 3rd in High Jump!

Helena Soccer
Helena's latest win has secured them  at least a runner-up finish in the Class 6A Area 7 standings. You can read more here:Source

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