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Fayette School Board opts to raise property tax 2.5 cents, recall petition underway

Fayette County Public Schools
Fayette County School Board Chair Tyler Murphy

The Fayette School Board has acted to raise property taxes by two and a half cents for 100 dollars land value. Board Chair Tyler Murphy said that increase would help the Lexington district address facility needs.

“Half of our school buildings have not been renovated in the past 25 years and one in ten of our students are learning in portable classrooms. What we’re hearing from our community and from our educators and from students themselves is that the current facility situation is not sustainable,” said Murphy.

Murphy says increasingly, public schools are also called upon to do more than educate, particularly in mental health and wrap-around services. County Clerk Don Blevins said an affidavit seeking a voter referendum on the tax increase has been filed. Petitioners have 50 days to gather 5000 signatures to force a vote on the issue.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 30 years.
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