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Unit Five Continues Push For Property Tax Levy

NORMAL - Unit 5 school district leaders continue to express their desire to raise the property tax levy in McLean County.
NORMAL - Unit 5 school district leaders continue to express their desire to raise the property tax levy in McLean County.

They met Wednesday night-- and district superintendent Dr. Gary Niehaus says even with the levy rising slightly this year, the district has had a hard time keeping up with expenses.

A big reason is the decreased values of properties. Plus, he says, the state pension crisis and decreased funding has also made things tough on the district.

Niehaus says the proposed tax could improve district facilities.

Also at the meeting, the local bus drivers union told the board about a report card that expresses disappointment over the decision to outsource transportation.

The district says it won't comment, but leaves the battle to the courts.

"We certainly raised a lot of objections and many of those things that we talked about proved to be true over the course of time.  Transportation services are not improved, operations are not better. and they're not saving the money that they said they were going to save when they made this decision,” said Renee Nestler, AFSCME Representative

"We are going to the 4th appellate court to present our side of the argument. They're going to meet us there and that's when we'll make all the decisions they're asking us to make. We'll make those at that time,” said Dr. Gary Niehaus, Unit 5 Superintendent:

The school district must have their submissions in for the property tax levy by the end of the year. The board will vote on it at their meeting on December 11. 
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