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L-B to seek combined property tax, income tax to build school

The Liberty-Benton school board is asking voters in November to support a combined property tax and income tax to pay for construction of a new kindergarten through eighth-grade building.
With four of the five board members voting at a 7 a.m. meeting Thursday, the board unanimously approved a combined tax to raise $19.5 million, according to information from Superintendent Jim Kanable. With state assistance, the total project would cost about $32 million.
The property tax is estimated to be about 5 mills, and the income tax is estimated to be a quarter-percent. Information was not available Thursday about the length of the tax proposals.
“Voters are pretty galvanized on the idea that we need a new K through 8 building,” board President Scott Rhodes said. “We want to locate both schools on one campus.”
If the tax proposal passes, it will be the first time Liberty-Benton has funded a project through a combination of a property tax and income tax, Rhodes said.

Courier education reporter Max Filby will have more on Friday.

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