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Public forum on proposed school tax hike on Jan. 11

A public forum to get feedback on a proposed facilities tax to pay for a new high school is scheduled tonight, Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6 in the Woodford County High School library.

The forum will begin with a presentation from schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins, who will explain how a 5.5 cent facilities tax (per $100 of assessed property value) will increase the district’s bonding potential so sufficient dollars are available to build a new high school on land adjacent to Woodford County Middle School.

The board agreed to lower the proposed facilities tax from 6 to 5.5 cents (per $100 of accessed value) after some people in the community questioned the need to include new athletic facilities such as a football stadium in the high school project when those facilities already exist.

The school district has a lease agreement with Woodford Fiscal Court to use the county-owned Community Stadium for high school football and soccer games until 2023. The school district also has agreements to use baseball and softball fields at the County Park.

The Woodford County Board of Education has previously set a public hearing on the proposed 5.5 cent facilities tax on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. in the WCHS library. The board could vote to proceed with a facilities tax after that hearing, but its action could be challenged with a petition signed by registered voters who oppose a facilities tax.

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