Kentucky board approves tax increase to make schools safer

Kentucky board approves tax increase to make schools safer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky school board has approved a property tax increase to fund a $13.5 million initiative to help prevent school shootings.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Fayette County Public Schools board voted 4-0 Wednesday to add a 5-cent property tax for every $100 of property value. The increase will fund several things including placing law enforcement officers in every school, hiring more mental health professionals and installing metal detectors in every middle and high school.

Superintendent Manny Caulk says "the world began to change" in January with a fatal shooting at Marshall County High School, followed by the Valentine's Day massacre at a Florida high school and copycat threats in Lexington.

The property tax increase will cost about $88 per year for the average homeowner who has about $175,000 worth of property.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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