The Meridian School District property tax referendum failed at the polls Tuesday.
The referendum was just one solution to help relieve some of the district's $2 million budget deficit. Because the property tax increase did not pass, more staff positions are in jeopardy and programs like junior high sports face the chopping block.
Cuts of up to $1 million were already decided on this year and will take effect during the next school year. The board will meet Thursday to decide where to make additional cuts for the next year.
Meridian Interim Superintendent Jim Brown said he hopes to bring the referendum up for another vote next year.
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