The Danville Board of Education narrowly defeated a proposal under which the district administration would have collected Danville school taxes instead of the Boyle County Sheriff's Department. In a rare split vote, the board voted 3-2 to keep tax collection in the hands of the sheriff.
Under the board's current agreement with Sheriff LeeRoy Hardin, the district pays the department a commission of 2 1/2 percent on the city school taxes. According to Rowland, that represents about $100,000 a year.
Over the last several months, the board has conducted a study of tax collection, and some members decided the district could save money by authorizing the district administration to collect the taxes. The job would have fallen to financial officer Clevenger and her staff.
In an interview Monday before the board meeting, Hardin said history was on his side. "Several years ago, in the 1980s when (J.D.) Minnehan was superintendent, he decided it would be cheaper to have the city of Danville collect the city school taxes instead of us," said the sheriff. "As it turned out, the city was only able to collect about 75 percent of the city school taxes, while our collection rate was way over 90 percent. Today, our collection rate is over 99 percent."