Signatures have been certified on a petition for a recall election challenging plans to increase property taxes for the LaRue County Schools.

LaRue County Clerk Rhonda Metcalf verified the petitions challenging the proposed tax hike. Based on state law, the tax recall election would be conducted Tuesday, July 26, Metcalf said.

The topic is on the agenda for the school board’s meeting Monday. It must decide whether to move forward in face of the opposition.

Opposition to the tax increase by the LaRue County School Board resulted in the petition. The opponents presented two petitions, which both officially obtained more than the 725 certified signatures necessary from LaRue County registered voters to bring the issue to a countywide vote.

Two petitions were submitted because the county pursued the “double nickel tax,” a levy of 10 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

An exact count of the signatures on the petition is unavailable as counting

The board’s chairman, Price Smith, said if the tax does not go through, “it will literally set the district back by decades.”

There would be no possibility of taking on any major building projects until at least 2040, when existing bonds would be paid off, according to Smith.

The use of the additional tax money would be restricted to capital projects, Smith said.

“I can’t overemphasize just how critical the situation is at this point,” he said.

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