LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Fayette County School Board has voted to implement a tax increase, in an effort to provide security upgrades at schools. The board’s vote was 4-0 in favor of the proposal.
The tax is forecasted to fund $13.5 million in school security upgrades, but it comes at a cost to property owners, who will have to pay an additional five cents per $100 worth of property value. The average Fayette County property owner will pay $88 more annually as a result.
At tonight’s school board meeting, those in attendance went over a 10-point plan to make the district the “safest in America”. The plan includes placing law enforcement officers at every school, hiring more mental health workers and facility enhancements designed to provide more security. This includes adding metal detectors in every middle and high school.
Fayette County Superintendent Manny Caulk had proposed the new tax himself.
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"You have situations where we've had guns on campus. At Frederick Douglass a student shot himself on campus. Our families begin to question whether or not their children are going to be safe at school,” Caulk said.
You can read the proposed 10-point plan to improve school safety below.