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Schools asking for 9-cent tax hike

The Roane County Board of Education approved a $64.8 million budget on Thursday that requests a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate.

“It’s certainly not what we need, but it will keep us going for two or three years,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “By that time, we hope the economy will recover and the state will come through with some more funding.”

The budget passed by an 8-2 vote. Mike “Brillo” Miller and Danny Wright were the two who voted no.

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