Wichita Public Schools Board of Education voted 6-1 to ask the State Board of Education for the authority to raise local tax rates.
The Wichita board called the request a safety net in case the state legislature does not provide the funding the district says it needs.
"I can tell you after five straight years of cutting budgets I'm not going to do it again," said board vice president Mike Rodee.
If approved, the board would not have to raise the tax rate. But it would have the flexibility to do so if the board feels it's necessary.