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Homeowners react to proposed JCPS property tax rate hike

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- Homeowners WAVE 3 spoke to have their own thoughts about the proposed tax hike that JCPS said would benefit its schools. Just mention a possible property tax rate increase and opinions among homeowners stand steadfast.

"Not a good idea," Linda Hackett, a Louisville homeowner said.

Yolanda Ervin, another Louisville homeowner, said "I don't think they should raise property taxes, because they're already high enough."

Louisville homeowner, Jack Sweeney followed with "If it were up to me, I'd say no."

The JCPS school board will vote yay or nay on a 3.4% rate hike Monday evening.

If you own a home in Jefferson county and it is worth $150,000 for example, you'd be paying about $35 more per year on your property taxes. That is If the proposed rate hike is approved at 3.4 percent.

"I think we pay enough taxes on property. I don't think we need any more property tax," Hackett said.

JCPS Chief Financial Officer, Cordelia Hardin, said the reason for the proposed increase is because JCPS is trying to make sure it has the money available to provide after school and instructional programs to ensure children's needs. Hardin said JCPS had numerous cuts from the state on grants that the district now pays for.

For example, the state used to fund $3.1 Million in textbooks that JCPS now pays for. Hardin said $142 million in federal stimulus dollars over 3 years ran out in 2011. Hardin said it means better schools.

"That does change my opinion," said Hackett. "When you look at it that way, if you're talking about children and I think we do need to invest in education, so, maybe."

Ervin said, "Well, with it being for education, I guess I would have to say. I guess I wouldn't be against it."

"It's money well spent, no question about that," Sweeney said.

Still, it's a bitter pill for many.

"I guess I would just resist tax increases," he said.

The vote is schedule for 7 p.m. at the VanHoose Education Center. A public meeting precedes the vote at 6:40 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.

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