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    Batesville residents voting on tax hike for extra security, armed officers

    10:33 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
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    BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - One school district in the area is considering a tax hike to step up security. Batesville Public Schools is asking voters to approve a 1.25 millage increase during a special election.

    If approved, administrators plan to use the extra money for several security projects, including placing a trained, armed officer at every campus. There are currently three resource officers working for the district, but Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison said they're asking people to pay more in taxes so they can hire four more officers.

    "The one mill would be used to generate about $236,000 annually for the purpose of paying the cost associated with having resource officers at every single campus," Willison explained.

    The additional 0.25 mill would pay for added security measures, including creating new key access, adding sensors to every door and window, upgrading camera systems, installing a buzz-in system and putting up security fencing.

    The special election is set for April 9th.

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