Covington Board of Education Makes it 5 Years Without Raising Tax Rate
The Covington Board of Education voted unanimously to take the compensating rate, and not to increase its property tax rate by up to the 4 percent allowed without a public vote.
This is the fifth consecutive year that the Covington Independent Public School District has opted to take the compensating rate - which adjusts the tax rate to meet the increase in property value so as to collect close to the similar amount as the previous year - instead of the full 4 percent.
Board member Glenda Huff cited the district's implementation of an ongoing process of reviewing the budget, which she says has "netted great results".
The board of education has three of its five seats up for election in November. Huff and Brockhoff are seeking reelection. Joyce Baker is not seeking reelection, meaning there is one open seat up for grabs. Challengers include former board member Mike Fitzgerald who lost a reelection bid in 2012, and first-time candidates Tom Wherry and Daniele Axtell.
Photo: John G. Carlisle School (RCN file)