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Column: Should KCSD raise own taxes?
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As I sat in on last week’s Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting (which I reported on Tuesday), a thought popped into my head: Should the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) be given the authority to raise its own taxes? The thought came to me as I listened to the board’s discussion about exactly what message to send to Kershaw County Council about its 5.4 millage increase request following a report from the joint board/council ad hoc committee on growth, school resource officer (SRO) funding and school safety. When the General Assembly fails to meet its own legal obligation to fund a base student cost it came up with itself ... when the General Assembly, also by proviso, allows county councils to bypass a legally required calculation of local millage for school funding ... and when that same legislative body passed Act 388, which shifted the burden of school-related taxes from owner - occupied homes to second homes, businesses and investments as well as to a 1 percent increase in the sales tax -- which resulted in shortchanging school districts across the state -- when all of that adds up to about $80 million in lost revenue during the last decade, what is the district supposed to do?