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Appeal filed against Henderson County Schools’ ‘nickel tax’

Appeal filed against Henderson County Schools’ ‘nickel tax’

Bill Stephens

January 19th, 2016

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HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — A complaint has been filed against the Henderson County Board of Education alleging the school system’s “nickel tax” is fraudulent and was applied retroactively.

The Gleaner of Henderson reports (http://bit.ly/1JW9QwX) plaintiffs Robert Pruitt and Dean Spooner filed the complaint in Henderson Circuit Court last month.

The school board approved passing a recallable nickel tax, which generates revenue exclusively for construction or renovation projects, in April. A court-verified public petition placed the issue before the public vote. Voters narrowly approved the tax.

Among the plaintiff’s allegations is that the 2015 property tax bills reflect a tax of .059 cents on each $100 valuation, not like the nickel stated in the public question that was voted on.

Superintendent Marganna Stanley denies the allegations in the complaint, saying the school system follows state guidelines.

 

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