City tries to move funding to county

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - In Gibson County -- which has no countywide school system, but has five special school districts -- there's maneuvering to make the county to pony up on school funding.

Aldermen in Humboldt have voted unanimously to draft and discuss a resolution to stop paying for the Humboldt City Schools and force the Gibson County Commission to fund them.

The city attorney says there'll be public hearings on whether to put a referendum question to voters in November.

The city had earlier filed a lawsuit in an attempt to make the county operate a school system and levy a countywide property tax to support it.

It failed earlier this year when the Tennessee Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the city. Besides the Humboldt schools, the county contains the Bradford, Gibson County, Milan and Trenton school districts.

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