Marshall School Board approves tax increase

(Filed September 12, 2013) Draffenville- Property taxes paid by Marshall County residents will go up in 2014. The Marshall County Board of Education unanimously adopted a tax increase to build a new middle school and add classrooms to an elementary school.

The rate on real estate in Marshall County will jump from 40.2 cents per one hundred dollars of evaluation to 47.1 cents per one hundred dollars of evaluation. The same increase was also approved for personal property.

The new middle school will consolidate Benton Middle School and South Marshall Middle schools into one school at a site located on the Benton bypass.

Not everyone is happy with the tax increase. Some spoke in opposition to the tax increase at Tuesday night special called meeting of the school board.

Several years ago during the administration of the late Supt. Reed Conder the school sought to close Benton Middle School and combine the school with South Marshall Middle School but that was met with stiff opposition from people in Benton some of whom filed a lawsuit that effectively stopped the consolidation at that time.

There were other people at the meeting who supported the tax increase and the construction of the new school.

Since the tax increase that was approved is greater than a four percent maximum state statutes allow for petitioners who oppose the tax increase to file a petition requesting the decision be recalled and a referendum be held on increasing the taxes.