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|Monmouth-Roseville Goes Ahead With Sales Tax Proposal
|There was a full presentation explaining the process, but it appeared as if the Monmouth-Roseville School Board didn't need much convincing to go full steam ahead with proposing that a one-percent sales tax increase be put on the Warren County election ballot this November.
The District-238 board has okayed a resolution being drawn up that will ask the Warren County Board to consider placing the question on the ballot -- a relatively new way to get money to schools passed by lawmakers just two years ago.
District-238 Superintendent Paul Woehlke told the board the fact that the state owes his district close to a million dollars, and that the state hasn't done much about school funding anyway, was good enough for him to sign on board.
"I've given (the board) kind of a guideline of the decision-making process based on what the state did for a budget," Woehlke said. "Well, the state didn't do anything with a budget. So, that guidance kind of falls apart. When the state doesn't do their job, it makes it that much more difficult for us to do our job."
The District is still working on trying to get the United School District to join in support of the sales tax increase, which would only pay for school construction-type projects and can't be used for things like teachers' salaries.
No resolution has been made on United's part, though, and while legally they don't have to be involved, since Monmouth-Roseville has more than 51-percent of the students in the district, consultants say it's still a nice idea.
The board is working to get the resolution to the Warren County Board quickly, since they don't meet during many of the summer months.
(The Monmouth-Roseville School Board met Tuesday in the Monmouth-Roseville High School Library. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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