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Petitions circulating for a possible Peru Library referendum

Posted by wlpo on September 30, 2009

Don’t be surprised if someone asks you to sign a petition regarding the Peru Public Library levy.
A couple of people have picked up petitions from the city clerks office to hold a backdoor referendum in hopes of reducing the impact of a public library tax levy increase.
The city council made the referendum possible by approving an ordinance on the levy Monday night.
The city has no other choice but to go along with the library board’s request to increase the levy. It’s estimated the increase will drive up the property taxes on a home worth $150,000 by $85 for the library portion of the tax bill.
The referendum would allow for the abatement of the working cash portion of the levy, reducing it by $112,000.
The petition needs to have 688 signatures of registered Peru voters and must be returned to the city clerk’s office in 30 days from this past Monday.

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