Fayette Schools Chief Proposes Raising $13.5M For Security With Property Tax Hike

Posted at 2:16 PM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-02 14:16:30-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The leader of Fayette County Public Schools on Monday proposed spending $13.5 million to implement a security plan that would be paid for by raising property taxes.

Superintendent Manny Caulk says the proposed "10-point plan" would comprehensively address school safety issues, from adding police and upgrading security infrastructure at schools to providing expanded mental health supervision and services.

Caulk said he will ask the Board of Education to seek a 5-cent increase in property taxes, which the school district says would cost the owner of a $175,000 home an extra $88 per year. That would allow the district to spend $13.5 million the first year to begin enacting the security plan.

 “Implementing these changes comes with a cost," Caulk said in a statement. "But I assure you that there is also a cost for doing nothing.  And that is a price we simply can’t afford.” 

Read the proposed safety plan below: