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Meridian school district leaders explain deficit solution to residents

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Board president Bruce Larson Board president Bruce Larson
District parent Sandra Maahs District parent Sandra Maahs

An Ogle County school district's leaders reach out to another end of their territory for a second public hearing. It's to clear up questions about a referendum district residents will vote on in a few months. Thursday's turn-out was no different than the first public hearing. Meridian school board members held Thursday's meeting in the Monroe Center Elementary School's gymnasium to house everybody.

District parents and other residents still have questions on why they're being asked to pay more in property taxes. Administrators are asking for a $1.25 million tax levy to relieve part of their just under $2 million deficit. Since this is the second hearing, plus, to avoid answering the same question twice, board members put together a working "Frequently Asked Questions" document. School board member John Smith says it's supposed to be up on the district's website Friday. District parent, Sandra Maahs, voiced her concerns at Thursday's meeting. She's not so much worried about paying more in taxes as she is in what will be taken away, meaning programs. Maahs wants to know in black and white, what cuts will be made both if the referendum passes and if it doesn't.

"With my son going into sixth grade next year and having electives, I want to know that they're going to be there." -Maahs says.

Board president Bruce Larson says that she and every other concerned citizen will know those possible cuts by March 4th.

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