- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - West Feliciana Parish School Superintendent Hollis Milton is proposing putting a 10-year, 14-mill tax before voters to raise $3.7 million a year for school enhancements.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1mBLSpf ) the money would be used to pay for teacher recruitment efforts and to increase course offerings, update facilities and stabilize the system’s finances.

Milton’s proposal calls for the West Feliciana Parish School Board to vote at its Feb. 25 meeting on putting the new tax measure on a May 3 ballot.

Milton said the school system, ranked in the top 10 districts in Louisiana for academic achievement, has been plagued with financial problems caused by a lack of economic growth in the parish, declining tax revenue, state and federal cuts to education and rising health care and retirement costs.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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