Ky county bumps taxes for dental initiative

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — A central Kentucky health board has bumped up property taxes to provide funding for a dental health initiative.

The Clark County Board of Health approved the 0.6-cent tax increase last week. The money will go to the Clark County Dental Health Initiative on a regular basis.

The increase brings the tax rate from 4 cents per $100 of assessed property value to 4.6 cents. It is expected to generate about $150,000 in additional revenue.

Clark County Director of Public Health Scott Lockard told The Winchester Sun (http://bit.ly/18p9iIP) the board wanted to help pay for students not covered by Medicaid, KCHIP or private insurance.

The Dental Health Initiative began in 2008. Clark County students from preschool through fifth grade receive two applications of amorphous calcium phosphate fluoride varnish each school year.

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Information from: The Winchester (Ky.) Sun, http://www.centralkynews.com/winchestersun

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