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The Arab City School System is an integral part of the superior quality of life enjoyed by residents of the city of Arab and the Brindlee Mountain area. Bolstered by widespread community support and involvement, the Arab City School System prides itself in providing excellence in academics, activities and athletics. Established in 1970, the school system is made up of four schools, Arab Primary School (grades K-2), Arab Elementary School (grades 3-5), Arab Jr. High School (grades 6-8), and Arab High School (grades 9-12).

Arab City Schools has been selected ten years in a row by SchoolMatch, a national educational consulting and research firm, as a school system that provides the quality and range of services that parents desire. Because of their model programs, Arab Primary School, Arab Elementary School, and Arab Jr. High School have been selected by the Alabama State Department of Education as Alabama Reading Initiative demonstration sites. Arab Elementary School has also been selected as an Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Site. The Arab City School system continues to rank in the top 5% of the 130 school systems in Alabama on the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT), and Arab High School students pursuing a core curriculum in preparation for college, score an average of 23.1 on the American College Test (ACT). In addition to Arab City Schools achievements, competitive academic teams, including state and national title winners in a variety of areas, are offered. Students are also granted opportunities to participate in band, choral music, musical theater, and a wide array of competitive sports.


Housing/Real Estate
The area is still mostly a collection of single-family homes, but, as population increases, more garden-home and patio-home communities are expected along with townhouses and condominiums.

Although single-family homes can be found at almost any price, there are some in the $500,000 to $750,000 range on private lots or in gated communities. New and resale two- and three-bedroom homes are often priced under $70,000.

The average median price for a half-acre lot with a new 1,800-square-foot house with siding, three bedrooms and two baths is:

Madison County (Huntsville)
Guntersville (Lakefront)

The Arab area is one of the most heavily settled rural areas in the U.S. In the period of time between 1990 and 1995, Marshall County ranked sixth in growth among all Alabama counties and was first among all nonmetropolitan counties. The city itself experienced a growth of 16.3 percent, which was the highest in the county between 1970 and 1997.



Property Taxes:
Marshall County
Sales Tax
County Tax
Municipal Taxes
33.0 mils
37.5 mils

Retail Sales Tax:

Income / Occupational Tax:
City Occupational Tax:
County Occupational Tax:
State Corporate Income Tax:
State Individual Income Tax:
2.0% Minimum
5.0% Maximum
Deduction allowed for Federal Income Tax

Inventory Tax: None


Otelco Telephone Co.
113 South Main Street
The phone company is locally owned and operated. There is a $200.00 deposit for new service, but if you have good credit, you do not have to pay the deposit. The office is open 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. To sign up for a new service you need to be there by 4:00 p.m. High speed internet access (DSL or TI) is available. There is no connection charge; however, monthly prices vary depending on bandwidth.

Arab Electric Cooperative
331 S. Brindlee Mountain Parkway
Residence must pay a $180.00 deposit to have electricity turned on. This can be done from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Arab Water Works/Sewer
526 Cullman Road
To have your water/sewer turned on, you must pay a $60.00 deposit if you live inside the city limits. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Marshall County Gas District
320 North Main Street
A $85.00 deposit is required to turn on residential gas. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Garbage is picked up at residences once a week and for businesses a minimum of twice a week. There is a small charge for this service included in the water bills. Curbside recycling is available, once a week, and encouraged. Contact 1-800-810-6601.

Television Cable
Connect to TV cable by calling Charter Communications at 1-800-226-2146. The installation fee for new service is $40.00 and $25.00 for an existing service. Premium channels are available at an additional cost. High speed internet cable access is available and prices Vary depending on bandwidth and speed desired.


License & Registration
Car Tags
Automobile license plates or stickers must be purchased annually and are due and for sale during the year according to the first letter of your last name, i.e. A's in January, etc. at the Marshall County Courthouse, Guntersville. Arab residents may renew car tags at the Recreation Department (931-2702).

Driver's License
Driver's license is renewable for a fee of $20.00 for four years at the Probate Judge's Office, Marshall County Courthouse, Guntersville. Examination for driver's license is given on Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. The examiner is located in the Courthouse Annex, Guntersville. Applicants for a learners permit must be at least 15 years of age, and applicants for a driver's license must be at least 16 years of age. New residents must secure dirver's license within 30 days.

Personal Taxes
State, County, and Municipal ad valorem taxes must be paid by January 1st of each year, at the Tax Assessor Office, Marshall County Courthouse, Guntersville.

City and County homestead exemption applications must be filed with the County Tax Assessor, Marshall County Courthouse, by December of the year in order to qualify for this exemption. Re-qualification is not necessary.

Voting Laws
In order to vote in Alabama, a person must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years old or older. A person must have registered within 10 days prior to the election. A person should register with the Board of Registrars, in order to vote in county, state and national elections. To register you must go to the Marshall County Courthouse, Guntersville.

Marriage License
Marriage licenses are issued by the Probate Judge's Office, Guntersville. A girl must be 18 and a boy 18 to secure a license without parents consent. Minimum age with parents consent is 14 for girls and 14 for boys. The cost of the marriage license is $25.00 or $34.50 cash for a court house ceremony. They may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday until 6:00 p.m.

Hunting and Fishing License

Resident County Hunting License***
State Hunting License***
Hunting License, residents 65 or older with a valid driver's license
No Charge
Management Area License/Deer and Turkey
Annual Alabama Resident
Rod and Reel Fishing License
Freshwater Commercial Fishing License
Annual Alabama Residents Mussel Catchers License*

All licenses expire September 30th of each year. The above licenses may be obtained at the Probate Judge's Office, Guntersville, and numerous authorized establishments throughout the county such as bait shops, fishing camps, etc.

Anti-Litter Laws
Dumping trash or litter on highways or right of way is a misdemeanor and the guilty person is subject to a $50.00 fine.

Registration of Boats
All boats must be registered each year. Registrations are due and for sale during the year according to the first letter of your last name, i.e. A's in January, etc. at the Marshall County Courthouse, in the Probate Judge's Office, Guntersville for $12.00 to $51.00 depending on the length of the boat.

Pet Laws
All dogs must be vaccinated annually against rabies. Stray dogs are not allowed in the city. All dogs must be properly tagged and vaccinated. Arab has a leash law. Call police for more information, 256-586-8124.


have been living in Arab, Al. for about a month and a half now. I relocated here because of Hurricane Katrina. I use to live in Chalmette, La., a suburb of New Orleans. Everyone here has been so kind and welcomed me with open arms. They have done everything they can to make sure I had everything I needed and helped me settle into my new surroundings.

Arab is a wonderful city to live in. You have the beauty of quiet country living without the hustle and bustle of a big city but you are close enough to the nearest big city for work, shopping and entertainment. It's like having your cake and eating it too so to speak.

My children are also living in Arab permanently due to Hurricane Katrina. We are all planning on purchasing houses here and my children also are planning to have and raise their family here. Arab is a wonderful place to raise your children. It is a close knit family community surrounded by people who care for their city and each other very much. It's a great place to live and I would highly recommend moving here to anyone who is relocating to this area.

Lynn Plumstead

ob and I first moved to Huntsville, Al. from Florida in June 1968. After our children were raised and gone from home, and retirement was coming soon, we started looking for a new home outside of Huntsville. We wanted to build a contemporary home in close proximity to Huntsville, because Bob still had about 5 years to work before retirement. One day in July 1992, coming back from the Mountain Top Flea Market with friends, we were discussing where a good place to live would be. Our friends suggested Pine Lake Village in Arab. Since Arab was on the way back, we decided to drive through and check it out. As we drove around the lake, to our amazement, a contemporary home was for sale and looked exactly like one that we had in mind to build. We peeked inside and it was just the house we wanted. The next day, we made an offer and in 3 days we had bought the home.

Looking back, it seems so unbelievable and yet so right. It was not an accident we ended up in Arab. Bob got involved in City activities and served as a City Councilman for 2 terms. He also started a car club which is still going strong. Me and 6 other friends opened a gift shop downtown called Somewhere in Time. After 4 years, we closed the shop and went into fulltime ministry known as the B-Team Angels, a community service organization. Now, the B-Team Angels of Arab have almost 100 Angels in 6 different cities doing interdenominational volunteer Christian work. Our activities include programs for nursing homes, hospitals, churches, retreats, drug abuse centers, conferences and many others.

No, it was not by accident Bob and I came to Arab, and we love it here. It’s the best place we could ever want to live. It’s a small town atmosphere where people are friendly, yet close enough to the large cities if needed. Beautiful parks, scenery and all of the services of a big city, but with a personal touch.

Paula Joslin

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