Scott County clerk verifying signatures in petition against school tax increase

Scott County Clerk Rebecca Johnson said Monday that it may take her staff another week to verify signatures on a petition seeking to put a school tax increase on the ballot.

The Scott County Board of Education voted in November to raise property taxes from 47.2 cents to 57.84 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

The increase is intended to strengthen the Scott County Schools' bonding capacity and thus speed construction of a second high school in the fast-growing county.

But opponents filed a petition on Dec. 23 with more than 3,800 signatures to force a referendum.

Johnson said her staff is in the process of verifying the signatures. It would take 2,081 signatures to put the tax increase on the ballot for voters to consider.

The verification procedure is time-consuming because the name, address and birth date of those who signed have to be verified, Johnson said.