City of Owensboro approves to annex DCPS property

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Owensboro City Commissioners approved to annex nine Daviess County Public School properties into city limits.

This happened at Tuesday night’s meeting amid a lot of concern from school employees. 

The vote will put more than 1,000 employees under a higher occupational tax rate. This is something many are not happy about as those taxes could go up as much as several hundred dollars a year.
DCPS employees were at tonight’s meeting to voice their concerns. 

“This was one of the boldest things that’s happened in Owensboro in a long time because it was impossible to make everyone happy. As our community shrinks we have less and less land to grow and the only way we can grow is annex things that are contiguous to the city limits,” said Mayor Tom Watson. 

Both Daviess County and Apollo high schools, along with other elementary and middle schools, as well as the district’s headquarters are part of that plan.

Negotiations between the city and the school district are still underway. 

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(This story was originally published on June 4, 2019)

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