JCPS ‘votes unanimously’ to increase property taxes

$11-a-year spike for $100,000 home

JCPS board approves property tax hike

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The Jefferson County Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a 1.1-cent increase on its local property tax rates.

The district tweeted out that it would raise the tax rate from 72.5 cents to 73.6 cents on real and personal property.

The spike would translate into an $11-a-year ($.92 a month) increase for an owner of a $100,000 home.

"Additional funding improves our schools and improved schools mean a better community,” said Pat Murrell, President of Louisville League of Women Voters.

Only three people showed up to give their opinions ahead of the vote, two in favor and one against.

"Add that to the other things we are already incurring; it’s going to be difficult to manage,” resident Lester Gamble said.

The move is aimed at generating more than $44 million in additional revenue for the current school year.

Prior to last year's increase, the district hadn't raised the property tax for five years.

"In our audit that we received from KDE in the spring of 2017 they wrote in there that as a deficiency that we did not take the 4 percent on two occasions in recent years, so having said that, I don’t see how ​there would be any way that I could not recommend the full 4 percent of revenue increase,” JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said.

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