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7.9 mill levy on Aug. ballot for Springfield schools

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Some homeowners in the Springfield school district are not happy with the board of education's decision to put a levy on the August ballot.

"I would not vote for it," Jessie Geis, a local voter, said.  "I feel there's a lot of waste here and I think they should tighten their belts like they tell us seniors to do."

Wednesday, at a special meeting, the board approved putting a 7.9 mill permanent levy on the ballot.

Each year it will generate around $5.5 million and cost the owner of a $100,000 home roughly $280 a year or $23 a month.

"I think it's the right thing to do for the district and the future of the school system," Superintendent Kathryn Hott said.

Hott says passage of this levy is essential.  There will be more than one million dollars in cuts either way but the extra taxpayer dollars will prevent more cuts to staff and transportation.

This decision, however, did not sit well with everyone. 

Nearly everyone agreed that education and a strong school system were important parts of a community, some say they have nothing left to give.

"Believe me, I'm for the kids," Gary Knapp, a local voter said.  "We're frozen. There's no money."

District leaders say they understand money is tight.

But increases in healthcare costs, decreases in property values and flat revenue have left no other choice.

If voters turn down the request in August, the board has another opportunity to put it on the November ballot.
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