EVSC looking at possible property tax increase to help raise teacher pay

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The EVSC is looking at a possible property tax increase to raise teacher salaries.

The discussion was brought up during Monday night’s meeting by Board Member David Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth asked the superintendent to begin research about a possible referendum on a property tax levy, which would go toward increasing teacher salaries and base pay.

His concerns come nearly a week after the ‘Red for Ed’ rally in Indianapolis.

“I can tell you this I was there at that rally and it’s not good. We got to do something now. I don’t know if it’s going to happen in eight years, at this point I don’t really care I got to fix it now. If we don’t fix it now, in eight years we might not have an education system. It’s getting that bad.”

Hollingsworth didn’t say how much of an increase taxpayers would see, but wanted to see the referendum added to the next possible election.

The board passed the motion with only one vote against it.

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(This story was originally published on November 25, 2019)

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