Bill provides tax increase for Jordan School District

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill on its way to the Utah Senate would allow the Jordan School District to increase the cap on a property tax levy in order to solve its budget crisis.

House Bill 463, proposed by Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, would allow school districts that get split the opportunity to raise one of their property tax levies higher than state law currently allows.

In the case of the Jordan School District, if voters approved the bill's maximum tax increase, the district could raise $25 million. District residents would make the decision.

The increased tax cap would only be in place for six years.

The district is facing a $30 million deficit due to its split in July 2009, the recession and state budget cuts. The Jordan School Board has proposed cutting 500 employee positions, including 250 teachers.

The Deseret News reports House Bill 463 passed the House Monday by a vote of 46-21.

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