Boyle County Schools Board of Education Lowers Taxes
DANVILLE, KY – August 16, 2019 - At the August 15 meeting of the Boyle County Board of Education, board members voted to lower the school tax rate. The new rate is 71.7 cents per $100 in property. Even with not raising taxes, this rate still will allow the district to take in an additional $233,041 in expected revenue over last year, due to new construction in the county. Taxes have not been raised in five years. After the last increase, a nickel tax, the board felt confident they would not need to raise taxes for at least two years, and now they have been able to continue that trend for five years.
“I am proud of the work we do each day across the district,” commented Superintendent Mike LaFavers. “Our taxpayers can feel confident we are able to provide a wonderful education for our students, while also focusing on the needs of our families and community.”
Even though there have been no increases over the past five years, the district still has been able to make huge strides in both academics and extracurricular activities. The district is in the process of building a new, state-of-the-art middle school and will then renovate the current middle school to become the new Woodlawn, as well as building a road to connect the entire main campus.
Academically, over the past five years, the district has been in the top 10 in the state, and in four out of the five years, has been the top county system in Kentucky. Additionally, all students from third grade to 12th grade have been issued their own Chromebook. Athletically, our schools have won 30 regional championships and offer all KHSAA sports, with the exception of lacrosse during this time frame. With these additional athletics and extracurricular activities, comes the need for staff to support these offerings, as well as equipment, resulting in increased costs to the district. Finally, the district has been able to provide pay raises for all staff each of those five years.
“The fact that we can achieve so many goals while not raising taxes in five years really speaks to the commitment to excellence and fiscal responsibility of our staff,” said Jennifer Newby, Board of Education Chairwoman. “They have done a great job making sure they are using funds in the most efficient and effective ways possible.”
The district continually strives to find ways to improve the education offered in Boyle County Schools, while utilizing funding in the best way possible.
For more information on the district or school taxes, please contact Boyle County Schools Central Office at 859.236.6634.