• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Adjustments to school board district boundaries

The Woodford County Board of Education approved minor adjustments to district boundaries of school board members on Monday night. The adjustments will ensure each board member represents a more balanced number of people in five districts across the county, according to schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins. Prior to the action to adjust school board member district boundaries, the population gap between smallest and largest districts was around 1,300 people, according to information provided to board members at a work session. The gap has been reduced to about 500 with the approved adjustments, which also clean up boundary discrepancies between voting precincts and board member districts, according to Hawkins. He noted that the Woodford County Board of Education cannot make any more adjustments to the boundaries of districts represented by board members for five years. He said new census data will likely not be available until 2021, "and then adjustments - if (population numbers are) out of whack again - could be made at that point in time." Board Chair Ambrose Wilson IV voted no on the motion to make minor adjustments to the district boundaries, which passed 4 to 1. Tax hearing The board will conduct a public hearing on proposed tax rates for fiscal year 2017-18 on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 5 p.m. at its board office on Pisgah Pike. The proposed property tax rate of 66.4 cents per $100 of assessed value (unchanged from last year's rate) is expected to produce $16.4 million in revenue.

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