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2013 House Bill 4281: Expand school “sinking fund” uses to include “technology” and "security"
  1. Introduced by Rep. Michael McCready (R) on February 19, 2013, to allow school districts to use “sinking fund” taxes for “upgrading of technology” or for “school security.” Under current law, sinking funds are permanent funds that may be used only for infrastructure-related spending including the purchase of land or construction and (major) repair of school buildings. The conventional public school establishment has been trying for a dozen years to get this restriction expanded, with more than a dozen bills introduced, several to allow technology spending. In January 2013, following the Newtown school shooting incident, a bill was introduced to allow this property tax revenue to be used for “security;” now this one adds “technology” to that.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on February 19, 2013.