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Not a nickel more: Some folks in Martin Co. not pleased with tax

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email
Some folks in Martin County are not too pleased with nickel tax.

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MARTIN Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Some folks in Martin County are not too pleased with a nickel tax.

However, Superintendent Steven Meadows said they cannot afford to wait.

That is because the school board closed Sheldon Clark High School back in August due to nearby construction blasting.

"We had to vacate that building due to the structure not being safe," said Meadows.

Meadows said since then they have moved the high school students elsewhere.

"We are now occupying for grades nine through twelve in what is designed for a middle school," Meadows said.

Five cents could change everything. It is called the nickel tax and Meadows said it is a local effort for the state to match.

"Right now the bonding potential is about nine million dollars and the new
school facility that we are projected to have here in Martin County has a cost of about thirty two million dollars," said Meadows.

Which means there is not enough money.

"Increasing the revenue through this tax will increase another nine million dollars, therefore eighteen million dollars will be available to us," said Meadows.

Folks at the county clerks office confirmed there is a petition floating around, but parents in this district said their students are in desperate need of a new facility.

"The middle school is too crowded and it doesn't have the facilities of a normal high school," said parent James Kirk.

At the end of the day the superintendent said he is doing what's best.

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