Nickel Tax Approved for Daviess Co. Public Schools

A new nickel tax is on the way for residents in the Daviess County Public School district.

The board approved the tax, which is earmarked for renovating and replacing schools.

Daviess County Middle School was first built in the 1930s and has undergone many renovations. But Daviess County Public School officials say it's time to replace this school with a new one, and they say the nickel tax will help pay for that.

Rusting pipes. Lack of energy efficiency. Classrooms unable to be updated. Some of the reasons school officials say a new Daviess County Middle School is needed. 

"Our technicians was here in attendance at that forum, and really discussed, much better than I could, what a challenge it is to accommodate modern technology because of the age of the building," said Matt Robbins of Daviess Co. Public Schools during a tour of the school Thursday morning.

It's part of the more than $65 million in facility work needed.  Superintendent Owens Saylor says it includes renovations at Apollo High School, at a time when there's only more than $20 million in bonding available.

"Is this building adequate for the students of the 21st century, and does it provide equitable opportunity to every student, compared to their peers who go to other schools in Daviess County? Our answer to that no," Saylor says.

The last nickel tax was approved in 1995, which led to the construction of several new elementary schools.  Under this tax, a resident with a home worth a $100,000 would pay $57 a year more. The facility nickel tax is subject to a recall by petition, which any petition organizer has 45 days to gather signatures needed.


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