FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — School districts across Kentucky have maxed-out local property taxes in an effort to make up for cuts in state and federal funding in recent years. The result is an inequality among the state's 173 districts that has turned school boards into political exiles.
Eighty-one districts have adopted rates increasing revenue by 4 percent, the largest amount allowed without being subject to a voter recall.
Seventy-six districts approved similar measures last year, while 26 school boards have yet to set a rate.
Kentucky School Boards Association spokesman Brad Hughes told The Courier-Journal the districts have no other choice but to turn to taxpayers.
House Education Chairman Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, says an effort by the Kentucky Board of Education to restore pre-recession funding levels is unlikely to gain traction.
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