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Voters turned down two levies
for Elmwood Schools Tuesday.
School Superintendent Tony
Burton says they can't function without the $1.5 million the levy would have
generated, or 13 percent of the district's annual operating budget.
The income tax levies weren't
new – they've been around since the 1990s, but voters in the five towns Elmwood
students come from decided against continuing them.
The district just received an
excellent rating on their state report card, but Burton warns if people decide
to stop supporting the schools, that rating could disappear.
"A million and a half dollars
in cuts – that's a lot of staff, a lot of bussing, a lot of sports," he said. "We
have to make decisions on what we can do without if the money is not renewed."
Burton recommends putting the
levy back on the ballot, but this time, allowing voters the option of renewing
it every five years.
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