BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Bowling Green Independent School Board voted unanimously to pass a a new tax Monday.
Right now, Bowling Green High School is over 50 years old, and the school board's vote is essentially aimed at bringing the building up-to-date.
The proposed property tax would add about 5¢ per $100 of property for residents in the school district.
The tax would provide nearly an additional $12 million for the school to make changes than what is currently allotted (roughly $15 million).
The money is strictly allotted for construction within the school district, and will focus on a few top priorities.
"This new tax will allow us to build new classroom space for Lead Academy, which is our freshmen academy which was successfully launched this year," says Superintendent Gary Fields. "It will give us an opportunity to build new classroom space for our Miracle Arts Academy, which I think will be a game changer for Bowling Green High and this community and the medical arts community."
"It will also give us a chance to update our science classrooms and labs which are 50 years old and beginning to really show their age," he continues.
Right now the project is projected to cost $60 million. Fields believes that with the levied tax, construction efforts for these projects within the school district can be completed at a much quicker pace, eliminating years of construction.
With the vote passing, there is now a 45 petition period where residents of the school district will be able to appose the tax. If no action is taken ion that 45-day span, the tax will be put in place.