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Jefferson Parish School Board considers asking for higher property tax to raise up to $200M


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Jefferson Parish School Board members are considering asking voters for a higher property tax to raise as much as $200 million and build as many as 10 schools.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1e2K2Rv ) president Cedric Floyd says many schools are outdated and overcrowded. Floyd says aside from a few major projects in recent years, the public schools system has not taken on a comprehensive effort to replace schools since 1980.

Talk of a higher tax surfaced Monday during the School Board's three-day retreat in Baton Rouge. Taxpayers would be charged a higher property tax rate over four years if the board and voters approve borrowing $200 million via a general obligation bond issue.

In 2009-2010, board members tried and failed to pass such a tax.

Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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