Many Louisville residents are tired of seeing their tax bills go up when the economy is still struggling. Additionally, a recent audit showed that JCPS was fiscally sound, making the need for the tax increase seem questionable. But it's also frustrating to see the state cutting funding for students and textbooks and requiring the individual districts to make up for the shortfall. I don't mind paying an additional $50 or so a year to help out the schools, but I'd like to know that this additional money is getting put to good use, and that we're spending the school district's money wisely. I also think JCPS has to be sensitive to the feelings of the community on this issue. I suspect that with three board members retiring, it's quite possible this tax increase will go through, regardless of public sentiment.
What do you think of the increase?
More information on the powers of school boards to tax can be found here.