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Leflore County School District seeks 7 percent tax increase to offset loss of state funds


GREENWOOD, Mississippi — The Leflore County School District is proposing a 7 percent increase in local property taxes to offset a loss of state funds.

A similar tax increase was enacted in 2014. Seven percent is the most school districts can increase taxes without having to put the issue before voters.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (http://bit.ly/1IvkLco) the school system expects to lose $630,132 in state funding for the next year.

Officials say most of that decrease is the result of poor student attendance.

Officials say the district also may have to put off some needed repairs.

A public hearing on the 20152016 budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 23.

Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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