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Adair Board of Education Tax Hearing: John Pilkington speaks



2017-09-08 - Adair County Board of Education Conference Room, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
The Adair County Board of Education gave rapt attention to the first speaker of the night, John Pilkington, at lectern, who delivered his concise remarks from a prepared text, citing reasons why he opposed the proposed tax increase which was adopted later in the session. Members of the Board, from left, are Vice Chair Terry Harvey (Div 1), Jonathan Gaskins (4), Board Chair Lisa Burton (3), Daniel Adams (2). and out of frame, Mike Harris (5). The measure passed 3-2, on the recommendation of Dr. Pam Stephens, who presented the case for the tax increase, which is projected to bring an additional $134,000 next year. For a family living in an home assessed at $50,000, the owner will pay approximately $10 more this year, or as Mr. Harris put it, "About the cost of one pizza," and adding, "surely eliminating one pizza this year isn't too big a price to pay for our kids." (Note: We hope to obtain and post the full text of Mr. Pilkington's statement) - EW

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