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Veteran referendum added to April ballot

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Boone County board members vote on a referendum helping veterans in financial need.

The referendum passed tonight and will be on the April 9th ballot.  The Veterans Assistance Commission of Boone County was formed last month.  VFW and American Legion Post commanders say the area soldiers are coming home wounded and broke.  State law requires local dollars to fund the group.  The referendum means an increase in property taxes up 0.03 percent of equalized assessed values, or up to $8.20 for homes valued at $100,000.

Veterans Assistant Commission President, Greg Kelm, says it's not going to be a lifetime of supplemental care or welfare.

"It's to help the veterans get over rough times. That may be help with their rent, help with an auto repair or help with some medication that's not covered by their insurance, if they have insurance."

Kelm believes with the constant support from the community, the referendum will pass in April.

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