By Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:41 PM CST, December 16, 2011
Richard Brown's boyhood home was built to house World War II aircraft workers.
"My mother moved in here in '55 or so when the city first took it over from the federal government," Brown says.
The house is located in Wichita's Hilltop neighborhood, where lifestyles are modest and families have to stretch their dollars. But these families could see their property tax rates go up to pay for future school funding increasing.
Governor Sam Brownback wants the legislature to change the school funding formula. One of the aspects of his plan is that it limits the funds for schools that come from state tax revenues. To increase spending schools would have to turn to their local communities.
The governor's plan would give school boards the power to propose unlimited property tax increases, although those increases would have to be approved by voters.
However, property owners like Brown may take solace in our exclusive Factfinder 12 scientific survey. It shows that most voters don't support higher property taxes for schools by a 52 to 44 percent margin.
Meanwhile, local school officials may have to plan little if any increase in their budgets for the forseeable future.
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