JCPS seeks tax increase for 7th straight year


by Rodney Spencer

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 15 at 6:36 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Class has only been in session for three days with JCPS but there may already be controversy on the horizon.

Will your taxes increase or remain the same? That was the question WHAS11 asked JCPS school board member Linda Duncan

“The board has made no decision about anything regarding taxes right now,” Duncan said.

On August 25, 2014 the board will hold a meeting to discuss the budget. They can’t make a decision on possible tax increases until they review the proposal to be submitted by the superintendent’s office.

“She’s (the superintendent) working with the Chief Financial Officer in the district, we take a look at every line item in the budget and come up with a number that’s best for our students,” JCPS spokeswoman Helene Kramer said.

This budget could call for a tax increase ranging from one to three cents per one hundred dollar property assessment value.

“Until she completes that review of taking a look at where we are and where we need to go, she’s not going to have a definite recommendation, Kramer said.

It is also possible that there could be no tax increase at all.

“It just depends on the situation at the time,” she continued.

Once the proposal is submitted by the Superintendent’s office, the board will make a final decision.

“At this point i am not ready to take a position,” board member Duncan said.

If the proposal passes, this would be the seventh consecutive tax increase.