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Opinions Differ On Funding Earlville Schools

Posted by wlpo on December 9, 2010

There could be a referendum question next year dealing with funding for the Earlville School District.

The School Board is looking at asking voters to increase the Education Fund by 18 cents to try and keep the tax rate relatively flat and make up for lost state funding and a sluggish economy.  In a release defending the referendum question, board officials say they have no intention of shutting down the school district.  However they say the district’s existence is in jeopardy so much that they could cut two to three more teachers and cut or reduce K-12 programs.

Some people in the district don’t like the idea of borrowing working cash funds and upping the school tax bill.  Threats of a petition against the board’s referendum idea prompted district officials to release a response.

If the district were to raise its education fund rate by 18 cents, homeowners would pay around 60 dollars more per year in taxes.

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