LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Homeowners in Oldham County will now pay more property taxes.
At a meeting Tuesday night, the Oldham County School Board voted to raise property taxes to 81.2 cents per $100, an increase of 1.2 cents from the previous rate. This means that people with a $200,000 home will have a $24 increase over last year.
“Middle-class families are hurting, this inflation and all, and it’ll just be a slap in the face if it passes,” Kevin Cook said in a public comment ahead of the vote.
About 10 people spoke at the education council meeting, urging the five members to reconsider raising property taxes amid tight times.
“I’m asking you to hold it this year, I’m not asking you to hold it forever. But this year is a tough year all around,” Cheryl Criddle said. “Everyone knows that. Going shopping is amazing right now.”
Council chair Joyce Fletcher acknowledged the rising cost of living at the meeting but said the council is committed to retaining and attracting teachers and needs more money for this. do.
“We need to do everything we can to retain our outstanding teachers and to recruit,” Fletcher said.
Oldham County teachers got a 3% raise after asking for a 6% raise which the district said it could not afford.
“We discussed that we wanted to maintain the raises we gave last spring and then be able to do more because we had that request from our teachers,” Superintendent Jason Radford said.
During the meeting, Radford explained that three weeks before the start of the school year, the district had 60 teaching positions and there were still about 15 to be filled.
“We represent community members, but we also represent our teaching staff,” Fletcher said. “I think that’s who we’re really responding to right now.”
The property tax increase passed by a 3-2 vote.
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