New Orleans voters to decide on school upkeep

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Orleans Parish School Board will ask voters to approve a plan for funding the long-term upkeep of the city's new and renovated school buildings.

The New Orleans Advocate reports ( ) a typically divided board voted 4-3 on Tuesday to put the question on the Dec. 6 ballot.

The plan needs voter approval and an OK from the State Bond Commission because it involves extending a property tax originally earmarked for paying off debt and redirecting the proceeds toward maintenance.

But the plan has run into controversy for other reasons, chiefly because a small portion of the tax proceeds would go to the Recovery School District.

There were also concerns about the fact that independent charter schools would receive tax money directly.

Information from: The New Orleans Advocate,

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