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Marion County School Districts Looking at 1% Sales Tax To Benefit County Schools

December 15, 2016

Marion County school boards will be spending the next month deciding if they want to put a one-percent sales tax increase on the April school and municipal election ballot to benefit public schools.

South Central Superintendent Kerry Herdes says county superintendents decided at its meeting this week to take the next step and ask school boards in the county to pass a resolution in favor of the ballot issue. He says with questionable future state funding, districts under property tax caps see the sales tax as a way to survive.

While South Central is one of the few districts not impacted by tax caps, he thinks the penny sales tax can offer some benefits.

“If we had sales tax revenue we could lessen the burden on the property tax payers. We could use the proceeds from that to lower the burden we place on the tax payers through the tax levy. So its a fairer way of distributing that and everyone pays the same 1%.”

Herdes says South Central is anticipated to receive $150,000 to $160,000 a year if the sales tax was implemented. He reports the sales tax revenue collected county wide would be distributed on a per student basis to each school district in the county.

The school districts have until January 17th to get the issue on the April ballot. The South Central board is expected to schedule a special meeting to take a vote on the resolution.

Herdes told the board at its Wednesday night meeting that South Central has not received any categorical payments since the start of the state’s new fiscal year on July 1st. Regular school aide payments are still being made.

In personnel issues, the board appointed Shyla Smith as Middle School Scholar Bowl Coach, replacing Tiffany Hails whose resignation was accepted. The resignation of Middle School Head Boys Basketball Coach Luke Krutsinger was accepted effective at the end of the current season.

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