During the meeting proper, Board Chairman Mike Davis and Board Members Jo Alyce Harper and Donnie Holland voted to raise real and personal property rates from 47.4 to 48.9 cents per $100 of assessed property – which is expected to give them a four-percent increase in revenue. Board Members LaVern Baker and Sharon Simmons were absent.
Of the at least seven people who talked at the hearing before the meeting, only two were in favor of the increase – Trigg County High School Principal Shannon Burcham and Trigg County Intermediate School Principal Brian Futrell.
Joe Radosti asked the board to look at other options before raising taxes. “We are all on the same boat as far as taxes,” he said. “To make more money, we have to go out and work another job and work more hours … The cost of everything goes up, the cost of gasoline, the cost of propane, the cost of heating your home, paying maintenance on your house.”
Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby said the new rates will result in a four-percent increase in revenue for the district.
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