But it's too soon to tell whether that plan will pass, or if the increase is enough to satisfy the school board.
Last year, when the school board was unhappy with its county funding allocation, it sued the county and won a
The current real estate and personal property tax rate is
Under the new plan, a person with a
Commissioners said they had a consensus to raise taxes for the first time since 2007. Commissioners Chairman
"My hope is they appreciate that this conservative board did something that goes against every ounce of our being," Aikmus said. "But I do believe it is the right thing to do to pay for what is needed for school capital funding."
School board Chairman
In early May, the school board approved a budget with
On Thursday, commissioners settled on
Yercheck said he needs to talk to school district staff about possible capital programs to cut before determining if the amount the commissioners are considering would be enough for capital expenses.
For the first time, commissioners split the budget into two parts when coming up with the county tax rate: one part is for school funding, and the rest covers all other county functions, such as libraries, the sheriff's office and human services.
The county portion of the budget does not require a tax increase.
School board members objected to having the district being singled out in the tax rate planning.
Up next is another joint meeting between the school board and commissioners on Tuesday, followed by a
Meanwhile, legal bills and related expenses keep mounting from the lawsuit and appeal -- more than
The school board wanted the county to cover
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