State: Henderson schools didn’t violate law in promoting tax

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have concluded that Henderson County Schools didn’t violate the law by campaigning in favor of the school system’s nickel tax last year.

The Gleaner of Henderson ( reports that the Kentucky General Assembly’s Office of Education Accountability told the school system in a letter recently that school officials hadn’t taken any illegal steps by approving the use of about $3,500 in donated funds to promote the nickel tax on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The tax, which generates revenue for construction or renovation projects, narrowly passed last year.

Residents opposed to the tax had argued against the use of the campaign funds. They also said voters approved only a $0.05 tax per $100 of property valuation, not the $0.059 tax that was levied. The state is still investigating the ballot’s wording.


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