Auburn schools seek new tax collection method to balance funding challenges

Should the Auburn Enlarged City School District tax consumer utilities? That’s the question being debated around the district’s board of education.

A vote is coming on January 28th, but a public hearing will be held beforehand to determine the public interest on the matter.

There are some examples across the state for having this kind of implementation. The District itself could go up to three percent. It would include utilities like natural gas, propane, electricity, cell phones, and coal.

There would be some exclusions, according to the board.

“We wouldn’t have to consider this if the state would fix the funding formula and give us just close to what the average districts gets around the state,” board member Ian Phillips told the Auburn Citizen. “But we are forced to consider this because we don’t want to deny our students the education that they deserve.”

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