~District seeking continuance of one mil additional levy~

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:10 AM.

County voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to continue a one mil additional operating levy for the public schools.

Polls will be open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. ET or 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. CT. All polling precincts will be open for this county-wide ballot.

Absentee ballots are due at the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, said Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon.

The lone item is a question – whether voters approve extending for another four years the one mil additional operating levy which has been in place the past four years.

Voters are asked to cast a simple “yes” or “no” response.

The district is seeking the continuation of the additional operating mil – Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton has said during informational meetings on both ends of the county the past several weeks “this is not a new tax” – based on arithmetic.

The district already faces a budget shortfall of at least $500,000 and Norton has said that regardless of the results on Tuesday there will be cuts, though whether those cuts are to programs, personnel or a combination has not yet been revealed.

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