In a split vote, the school board voted to increase real and property taxes by 4 percent last Thursday.
The board held a public hearing prior to the regular monthly meeting, but no citizens participated during the comment period.
During the regular meeting the board moved three to two in favor of increasing the real and personal property rates from 47.9 cents to 50.1 cents. The increase will generate $3.19 million for the school district in 2013-14.
Board member Joe Payne said after hearing an explanation he realized why the tax increase was needed. His constituents, however, have voiced their opposition to the tax, he said. Ultimately, he voted against the proposal, along with board member Quinn Lasley.
Board member Mike Harris appeared surprised at Payne’s vote and questioned him on his decision.
“I thought you said it was the best thing to do for our kids?” Harris said.
“I’m voting on the side of my constituents,” Payne replied.
NEW SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
Superintendent Alan Reed said they hope to have the Adair County Primary Center completed by Sept. 15. He and school principal Patty Jones recognized Terry Loy, senior site superintendent, for his work on the project.
“You exceeded all our expectations,” he said. Sandra Honiker, project manager, was also recognized.
Board member Floyd Burton noted: “This was an 18 month to two-year project and it’s being done in 15 months.”
By Sharon Burton