Trustees wrestle with School taxes

The summer was a stressful time for schools across the state as they prepared their budgets for the upcoming school year. There were same major changes implemented into the school finance funding formula imposed by the state legislators during the last session.

The first major change was the passage of HB 647. This change took a large share of the state’s portion of school funding away from the school districts. For Big Sandy it was $185,000. The state will now keep this money and they shifted the tax burden to the local taxpayers. This was a major tax shift and placed the tax burden on the lo...