The Warren County School Board voted unanimously Thursday night to increase property taxes by five cents per every $100 in assessed property value. Because Warren Co. has been designated as a "growth district" by the state, the General Assembly allows tax increase without being subjected to a voter recall, and promises matching funds. With the matching funds, the tax increase is projected to net an additional $3.4 million each year.
Superintendent Dale Brown says the money will be allotted strictly for the county's facility plan, which includes construction of two new elementary schools in the near future, and an additional middle and high school sometime down the road.
Opponents of the tax claimed it would negatively impact residents on fixed incomes, and worried about misuse of the additional revenue.
In explaining their vote, school board members repeatedly cited the unique opportunity of matching state money and the prospect of continued 175 students-per-year growth in the school district as their reasoning behind the vote.