Fayette Co. School district vote on tax increase to fund school safety plan tonight

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Fayette County school board will vote on a property tax levy tonight.

In Fayette County there’s a new plan to keep schools safer but it will cost money and taxpayers would foot the bill through a property tax hike if voters approve it.

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The new plan would invest in ten critical areas the district says are in need of additional security.

Those include hiring 50 additional law enforcement officers so there can be one at every school in the district.

The plan would also add more than 35 mental health professionals, install metal detectors at every middle and high school and hire a company to monitor social media for threats.

The district estimates all the improvements will cost around $13.5 million and is suggesting a five cent property tax increase to pay for the plan.

That would come out to an additional $88 a year for the average homeowner in Fayette County.

A price Superintedent Caulk says people should be more than willing to pay.

“Because no child should go to school in fear, no educator should have to use their body to shield students in their classes from harm and every family should welcome their children and loved ones home at the end of the day,” said Superintendent Caulk.

if approved, the public will then have 45 days to petition the tax increase to get it on the ballot in November.

If there is no petition then the tax increase will move forward and eventually go into effect.