Community members discussed their concerns for putting more money into a school system that is not meeting the state's required adequate yearly progress. Many felt that the school system should stop asking for money with no performance. Citizens of Trigg County at the hearing wanted to make sure that their tax dollars are being spent wisely. They wanted to know what their money is going into and consider cutting programs that are not required by the state.
The actual tax levy will not increase by 4 percent; the revenue for the district will increase by 4 percent. The actual levy will increase by 1.6 percent. The tax increase will be from 44 cents to 44.7 cents per one hundred dollars of accessed value.
Under the Supporting Excellence in Education in Kentucky (SEEK) 30 cents of the 44 cent tax stays in Frankfort. This money goes to help other school districts that do not have positive community growth.
The state has rules about how some of a school districts money must be spent. This includes teacher's cost of living compensation and transportation. Having to pay for so many extra things makes it difficult for the district to keep up with its growing needs. Superintendent Tim McGinnis stated, "We are just trying to keep up with inflation."
During the School Board meeting following the public hearing, the board voted unanimously to raise the tax rate to 44.7 cents per 100 dollars of accessed value. The Superintendent said he would be glad to