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Lawsuit filed over school tax hike

LEXINGTON, KY (AP) -  An eastern Kentucky prosecutor has filed suit over a tax increase, saying it is an example of "taxation without representation."    

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1oXMmHU) reports Breathitt County Commonwealth's Attorney Darrell Herald filed the lawsuit, which has about 30 plaintiffs, last month in Circuit Court.

The suit says state officials approved a property tax increase last year to boost school revenue despite local opposition to the measure.    

The local school board voted against the 4 percent increase, which is the maximum the law allows without the tax being subject to voter recall. However, the Department of Education took over management of the beleaguered school district in 2012, and state officials moved forward with the increase.

Hiren Desai, who is associate commissioner of education, says the department doesn't comment on pending litigation.    

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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