The Bowling Green Board of Education voted on Monday, September 9, 2019, to increase the tax rate for residents of the school district by 1.7 cents. Additional revenue generated will be utilized for the districts operational costs, specifically those related to the School Safety and Resiliency Act of 2019. Revenue generated by the tax increase is not considered in financing for the new BGHS construction project.
The new law is intended to ensure all students are able to learn in a safe and supportive school environment. It includes specific requirements for physical school buildings, as well as employment of personnel to support mental health and school security needs. Bowling Green Independent School District is in a community with a thriving local economy, thus, the district has already implemented many changes to school security with local funding. However, additional resources are needed to continue to provide these services, as well as implement additions needed to fully comply with the law.
The School Safety and Resiliency Act of 2019 passed without a funding source, other than from local school districts. While state funding could be included in the 2020 budget, districts are required to meet the law with or without additional revenue. The tax rate approved on September 9, 2019, is 84.5 cents per $100 on real property and personal property. The rate is not subject to a recall by voters in the district.