Metamora To Hold Town Meeting on Tax Increase

The Increase would go toward improving education programs.

METAMORA, Ill - A raise in the tax rate for the Metamora Grade School District will be back on the ballot in April.

In November the referendum was defeated 55% to 45% raising taxes by 31 cents. The tax increase would have gone toward improving education programs in the district.

Metamora Grade School passed its last school improvement referendum in 1989.

In the last 28 years -- the school has doubled in size and now needs more funds:

"You add more staff, you have to pay for more electricity, more natural gas, your bills have doubled as well, we've got to maintain the ability to pay those bills,’ Superintendent Marty Payne said.

For the second time in six months, the board of education has approved for a property tax increase to be on the ballot. 

The  rate would jump from $1.52 to $1.83 per $100 assessed value,

If approved, Payne says the kids would be the ones benefiting.

“The school is such a focus part of the community and to maintain that excellence of education we simply have to have the added revenue.”

The school is hoping to bring in an extra $500,000 dollars a year with the proposal.

If you would like more information on the referendum the grade school is hosting a town hall meeting at Metamora High School tomorrow at 7.

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