Taxpayers dedicated proceeds to teachers

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 21, 2015 at 2:21 p.m.



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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The Lafayette Parish School Board is trimming the number of employees who are eligible to receive salary bonuses from sales tax revenues dedicated for teacher salaries.

Board finance chairman Justin Centanni tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1PYAjqI) the decision is based on financial responsibility to taxpayers and is not a reflection of the value of an employee's job.

Voters approved a half-cent sales tax in fall 2001. Its proceeds are referred to as the 2002 sales tax fund.

The tax was pushed as a way to boost classroom teacher pay. Since then, other employee categories have been added to the tax fund, a situation that some board members say has created dissent among eligible and non-eligible employees.

Excess revenue from the tax is paid out in an extra check to eligible employees.

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

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