Officials with the Shawnee School District #84 fear schools could face closing if the county reassesses a southern Illinois power plant's property value.
A letter from the Jackson County Board of Review to the school district details the Grand Tower Energy Center, LLC is asking the county to lower its full market value on the Grand Tower Power Plant from $100,337,421 to $7,049,295.
But the Shawnee School District, which gets a large cut of the property taxes collected, is fighting back.
"The major part of our tax base comes from Jackson County because of the Grand Tower Power Plant," district superintendent Shell Clover-Hill said.
She said if the taxes are lowered, that could spell disaster for the district and its 400 students.
"We won't be able to operate,” Clover-Hill said. “The district will close."
That would mean about 400 students and 40 facility members would have to find someplace else to go.