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School board approves 5-cent tax increase for school safety

After a public hearing at district offices, the Fayette County Board of Education voted July 18 to approve a 5-cent property tax dedicated to school safety. Superintendent Manny Caulk had proposed the increase to fund the district’s Comprehensive 10-Point Safety Investment Plan, which he announced early this month. The plan, which Caulk said would make Fayette County Public Schools a national model, will cost $13.5 million in its first year.

Based on the $175,000 median value of homes in Lexington, the levy would cost the average homeowner about $88 per year. Opponents now have 45 days to petition for the issue to be placed on a ballot; the number of signatures needed would be 10 percent of the residents who voted in the last presidential election.

For questions, contact FCPS spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall at (859) 381-4101 or 699-1441.