Late is better than never, much better.
The Scott County school board did the absolute right thing Tuesday by unanimously approving a tax increase that will fund a much-needed, too-long-delayed second high school.
Scott County High School, the only one in this rapidly growing district, has been seriously overcrowded for years. Now about 2,400 students are squeezed into a facility meant for 500 fewer. There has been talk about building a second high school since at least 2012, land has been purchased and a name chosen since 2015 but a variety of disputes have derailed it.
Superintendent Kevin Hub joined the district last summer with pushing for a millage increase to make a second high school possible as a top priority. Since that time a citizen group also organized to support the tax increase that finally passed Tuesday.
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No one wants to pay more taxes but children miss educational, sports and enrichment opportunities in schools that are too large and crowded. The cost, about $75 a year for an average home, is a small price to pay for an investment that will yield returns for thousands of Scott County young people in the years to come.