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Clark County farmers voice concern over possible new school taxes

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Many farmers in Clark County say they can't afford a school improvement referendum up for a vote in November. Many farmers in Clark County say they can't afford a school improvement referendum up for a vote in November.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Many farmers in Clark County say they can't afford a school improvement referendum up for a vote in November.

Residents would pay higher property taxes to cover the $109 million project. Farmers would pay even more, because the state imposes added taxes on the acreages of their land. They filled the cafeteria at New Washington Middle School Wednesday night.

Some of them promise to oppose the referendum and work on a compromise later, as the school superintendent pleads his case for desperately needed upgrades.

"I mean he got up there and he talked about how it's going to help this and do this and do that. The bottom line is: We pay a ton of taxes. Farmers do and we're taxed out," Clark County farmer John Martin Said. 

The school board has already revised the project once -- to cut some of the costs.

"We try to be very responsible in finding the balance between cost and serving our kids. What our kids need and what is a cost out community could support," Greater Clark Schools superintendent Andrew Melin said. 

It includes constructing new schools, renovating older ones and moving students between buildings. 

The issue will appear on the November ballot.

More: Clark Co. farmers fighting proposed school referendum, property tax increase

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